Cal Grant Program

Cal Grant Application Deadline is March 2, 2019

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 don’t have to figure out which one to apply for. Your eligibility will be based on your 2019-2020 FAFSA or 2019-2020 CADAA, your 2019-2020 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 2019-2020 Cal Grant Program, students must complete both application requirements by the March 2, 2019 deadline:

1) Submit the 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (2019-2020 FAFSA) or the 2019-2020 California Dream Act Application (2019-2020 CADAA)

2) Ensured that a certified 2019-2020 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. In addition to meeting the financial criteria and Cal Grant requirements, you must:

  • be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen or meet the 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 status
  • 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

WebGrants 4 Students

After you have submitted your 2019-2020 FAFSA or the 2019-2020 CADAA, students can go online and check the status of your Cal Grant application by logging into WebGrants4students.

Your WebGrants4students account will allow you to:

  • Follow up on your Cal Grant status and requirements
  • Claim your Cal Grant Award and manage your account
  • Confirm your school of attendance or make a school change to claim your Cal Grant award
  • Complete your high school graduation certification

For more information about the Cal Grant Program:

Cal Grant FAQ

Understanding My Cal Grant Fact Sheet

California Dream Act

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