If youíre offered a Cal Grant, youíll receive an email notification from the California Student Aid Commission. The CAR is an estimated Cal Grant award and should be considered a tentative offer. Cal Grant awards are subject to approval of the final California State Budget. It is important to list a valid email address on your FAFSA as the Commission will send an email regarding Cal Grants to that address.
If you need to make corrections, such as a college change, use the New Recipient Change Form that came with your notification or update within your WebGrants account.
If you submitted both the FAFSA and your verified Cal Grant GPA but were not awarded a Cal Grant, youíll receive notification with an explanation.
If you submitted only the FAFSA and no GPA-and youíre not pursuing a career or technical education-you wonít receive a notification because you didnít meet the Cal Grant application requirements.
If youíll be attending a California Community College in the fall and submitted both your FAFSA and your verified Cal Grant GPA by the September 2 deadline, youíll receive a notification in early October indicating your eligibility status for a Cal Grant.
The CAR (California Aid Report) is very much like the SAR (Student Aid Report), since they both indicate the award amount a student will receive in the following school year. The California Aid Report is specifically for students that applied for the Cal Grant, while the Student Aid Report is sent to students that completed the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Students that completed the FAFSA and Cal Grant application will receive both CAR and SAR indicating their award amount.