CAL GRANT APPLICATION
Cal Grant GPA Verification Form

The Cal Grant is a great option for students looking for additional money to pay for college.  Cal Grants do not have to be repaid back to the State and can be used for tuition, books, or any other school related expense.  Students must meet a minimum GPA (Grade Point Average) to become eligible for a Cal Grant.  Students that do not meet the minimum GPA will not be considered for a Cal Grant until the following school year.

Cal Grant A Entitlement requires students to have at least a 3.0 GPA to be eligible for this grant. 

Cal Grant B Entitlement requires students to have at least a 2.0 GPA to be eligible for this grant.

Cal Grant A Competitive requires students to have at least a 3.0 GPA to be eligible for this grant. 

Cal Grant B Competitive requires students to have at least a 2.0 GPA to be eligible for this grant.

Cal Grant C (Cal Grant Community College) requires students to have at least a 2.4 community college GPA.

Students must make sure that the Cal Grant GPA Verification Form is completed and submitted by March 2 in order to be eligible for a Cal Grant. 

Cal Grant High School GPA Calculation: A high school GPA is calculated on a 4.00 scale to two decimal places (between 0.00 and 4.00).  Convert any grades with extra weighting for honors and advanced placement classes to a 4.00 scale before calculating the GPA. GPAs calculated beyond a 4.00 scale will not be accepted.

For students who have not yet graduated high school, calculate the GPA using all academic course work for the sophomore year, the summer following the sophomore year, the junior year, and the summer following the junior year. The high school GPA excludes physical education (PE), Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), and remedial courses. Remedial work is defined as any course that is not counted toward high school graduation. Failing grades must be included in the GPA calculation unless the course has been retaken.
Cal Grant College GPA Calculation:  A college GPA is calculated on all college work completed, except for nontransferable units and courses not counted towards their baccalaureate degree program

Cal Grant GPAs will be accepted only if certified by a school electronically or on the paper GPA Verification form.  The fastest and most secure way for a student to submit a Cal Grant GPA is to have their school electronically upload the GPA directly to the Commission’s system.

If the school cannot submit the GPA electronically, the paper Cal Grant GPA Verification form must be certified by the school.  Once your school completes the “For School Use Only” section, students need to 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.

When mailing your GPA Verification Application, make sure to make a copy of the application and purchase a certificate of mailing from the post office as proof of your submission.


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