2012-2013 Cal Grant Application
To be considered for a Cal Grant award, you must:
First, a 2012-2013 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be completed with the Federal processor at www.fafsa.ed.gov by the March 2, 2012 deadline.
Second, you must ensure that a certified Grade Point Average (GPA) is submitted to the California Student Aid Commission (Commission) by March 2, 2012.
Cal Grant GPAs will be accepted only if certified by a school electronically or on the paper GPA Verification form. No transcripts are accepted. The most secure way for a student to submit a Cal Grant GPA is to have their school electronically upload the GPA directly to the Cal Grant Commission processing system. Make sure to contact your school’s financial aid office to submit your GPA electronically to the Commission by the March 2, 2012 filing deadline.
If the school cannot submit the GPA electronically, the paper Cal Grant GPA Verification form must be certified by the school. Students should take their GPA Verification form and instruction to their school’s financial aid office, so the application can be completed and certified properly.. Once the school official completes the “For School Use Only” section, students should mail the form to the address listed at the bottom of the GPA form. The paper GPA Verification form must be postmarked no later than March 2, 2012. Students should allow approximately 6-8 weeks for a paper GPA verification form to be processed.
In order to be eligible for a 2012-2013 Cal Grant, students must not submit a prior GPA Verification form. A new GPA form must be received by the Cal Grant Commission by the stated deadline.
After you have filed a FAFSA, you can go on-line and check the status of your Cal Grant application by logging on to WebGrants for Students and creating a WebGrants for Students account. This secure site will let you view the status of your Cal Grant application, update your address, view payment history or report your college of attendance to the Cal Grant Commission.
On March 24, 2011, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill (SB) 70 (the education trailer bill) into law. SB 70 achieves reductions in state spending by changing Cal Grant eligibility requirements for both students and institutions. These changes will affect new and renewal Cal Grant recipients beginning with the 2011-12 academic year and subsequent school years.
To renew your Cal Grant awards each academic year, Cal Grant recipients will now need to meet maximum income and asset ceilings and a minimum financial need requirement, all of which previously applied only to initial Cal Grant recipients. The Commission estimates that 12,920 students will be deemed ineligible to renew their Cal Grant awards as a result of these changes.
Initial and renewal Cal Grant recipients will not be able to use their Cal Grant awards at institutions that fail to meet new institutional eligibility standards. SB 70 now requires Cal Grant participating institutions with more than 40 percent of their undergraduate enrollment borrowing federal student loans to have a three-year 2008 Trial Cohort Default Rate (CDR) of less than 24.6% to be eligible for new and renewal Cal Grant awards in the 2011-12 academic year, and less than 30% for each subsequent year.
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