Cal Grant Eligibility

California graduating high school seniors, recent graduates, or students that have received a GED and meet academic and financial requirements may be eligible to receive a Cal Grant to pay for their post-secondary education.   

Students attending college, technical, or career training school must complete and submit the FAFSA and Cal Grant GPA Verification Application no later than March 2 to be eligible for a Cal Grant. 

Students that plan to attend a community college and have missing the March 2 deadline have until September 2 to apply for a Cal Grant. Please note that the number of Cal Grant awards is limited, so itís important to complete and submit your Cal grant application as soon as possible.

To be eligible for a Cal Grant you must:

-  Submit the FAFSA and your verified Cal Grant GPA by March 2.

-  Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen

-  Be a California resident when you graduated from high school

-  Have a Social Security number

-  Attend a qualifying California college

-  Have financial need based on your college costs

-  Have family income and assets below the established ceilings

-  Meet any minimum GPA requirements

-  Be in a program leading to an undergraduate degree or certificate

-  Be enrolled at least half time

-  Have registered with U.S. Selective Service

-  Not owe a refund on a state or federal grant or be in default on a student loan
As you can see, there are many requirements that must be met in order to become eligible for a Cal grant.  You will receive a financial aid award letter from your school indicating your Cal grant award amount.  Most schools will apply the Cal grant towards your school tuition and fees.  Any remaining funds will be distributed to you through direct deposit or check if you do not request an electronic transfer.