Cal Grant Application Information
The California Student Aid Commission funds the Cal Grant Program for California residents who meet the program’s GPA, eligibility requirements and financial criteria. Cal Grants can be used at any University of California, California State University, California Community College, as well as qualifying independent and career colleges or technical schools in California.
There are three types of Cal Grants ~ A, B and C, but you do not have to figure out which one to apply for.
Your eligibility will be based on:
- Your 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid or the
- Your 2021-2022 California Dream Act Application,
- Your 2021-2022 Cal Grant GPA Verification Form,
- The type of California colleges you list on your FAFSA
- And whether you’re a recent high school graduate.
To be considered for the 2020-2021 Cal Grant Program, students must complete both application requirements by the March 2, 2021 deadline:
- Submit the 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid or the 2021-2022 California Dream Act Application.
- Ensured that a certified 2021-2022 Cal Grant GPA Verification Form is submitted to the California Student Aid Commission. It is the student’s responsibility to check with your school to make sure it was submitted by the deadline.
Cal Grant Program Eligibility Requirements
Cal Grants are for students who are pursuing an undergraduate degree or vocational or career training, and do not have to be repaid. In addition to meeting the financial criteria and Cal Grant requirements, you must:
- • Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or the California Dream Act Application and your verified Cal Grant GPA by the deadline
- • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen or meet AB540 eligibility criteria
- • Be a California resident for one year
- • Attend a qualifying California college
- • Not have a bachelor’s or professional degree
- • Have financial need at the college of your choice
- • Have family income and assets below the minimum levels
- • Be enrolled or plan to enroll in a program leading to an undergraduate degree or certificate
- • Be enrolled or plan to enroll at least half-time
- • Have registered with the U.S. Selective Service, if required to do so
- • Not owe a refund on any state or federal grant or be in default on a student loan
- • Not be incarcerated
- • Maintain the Satisfactory Academic Progress standards as established by the school. Recipients who do not meet the standards are ineligible for Cal Grant payment and will not use eligibility during the terms they are ineligible for payment.
WebGrants 4 Students (WG4S) Portal:
After you have submitted your 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid or the 2021-2022 California Dream Act Application, students can go online and check the status of your Cal Grant application by logging into the WebGrants 4 Students portal at: https://mygrantinfo.csac.ca.gov/
- The portal provides students with resources, information and tools needed to assist with the college financial aid process.
- The portal allows students to manage their Cal Grant and/or Chafee accounts online and the ability to view updates, make school changes, make address changes and post leave of absence requests.
Additional resources about the Cal Grant Program:
- Cal Grant FAQ:
- Understanding My Cal Grant Fact Sheet:
- California Dream Act at: