This grant is funded by the State of California and administered by the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC). This award assists low and middle income students with tuition and fees. Awards are based on financial need and grade point average. When you file a FAFSA and a California GPA verification form by March 2nd, you are automatically considered for a Cal Grant. CSAC makes all final Cal Grant decisions.
Cal Grant Award requirements include:
The Cal Grant award is limited to four years (eight semesters) of full-time enrollment. For transfer students, this includes awards received at prior institutions. Students must enroll in a minimum of 16 units per semester to graduate in four years. Failure to enroll in 16 units per semester may result in a loss of Cal Grant eligibility during additional semesters of enrollment.
Cal Grant Transfer Entitlement Award requirements include:
The Cal Grant Transfer Entitlement Award is for students who were not awarded a High School Entitlement Award but are now transferring from a California Community College to an eligible bachelor degree granting institute in California.
Cal Grant A assists with tuition and fees at public colleges, independent colleges and some occupational or career colleges. Coursework must be for at least two academic years.
Cal Grant B assists with tuition and fees as well as provides a living allowance at public colleges, independent colleges and some occupational or career colleges. The awards for tuition and fees are the same as those for Cal Grant A. Coursework must be for at least one academic year.
If you have just applied for/or received notification that you have been awarded a new Cal Grant, refer to the new Cal Grant recipient factsheet, Understanding My Cal Grant.
The California Student Aid Commission has created WebGrants 4 Students (WGS) https://mygrantinfo.csac.ca.gov/logon.asp just for you, the student. The goal is to provide you with the resources, information and tools needed to assist you with the college financial aid process. WGS will allow you to manage your Cal Grant account online by letting you view updates, make school changes, make address changes, make corrections, and post leave of absence requests. It is important for you to understand that your WGS account does not replace your School or FAFSA accounts. Each account must be monitored and managed independently.