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Cal Grant Programs

Cal Grants can help you pay for your college education.

Cal Grants are for students who are pursuing an undergraduate degree or vocational or career training.

The Cal Grant is a California-specific financial aid allocation that does not need to be paid back. Cal Grant applicants must apply for the FAFSA or CADAA by the deadline and meet all eligibility, financial, and minimum GPA requirements of either program. There are three kinds of Cal Grants — A, B and C. You only need to complete one form to apply for them all.

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Eligibility is based on income, assets, and other financial aid standards. You can apply by filling out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application (CADAA).

To get the most aid available, submit your application by the Cal Grant deadline. Learn more here.

Award Amount

In 2019-20, a new Cal Grant Access award will be created for Cal Grant A, B and C recipients who have dependents attending a California community college, UC or CSU. 

Award amounts are:
Cal A = $6,000
Cal B = $6,000
Cal C = $4,000

More financial aid programs are available.

Most U.S. citizens qualify for financial aid with a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Undocumented students can get assistance through the California Dream Act (CADAA).

PELL GRANTS

Grant

Federal Pell Grants go to undergraduate students without college degrees who come from low-income families.

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CAL GRANT PROGRAM

Grant

Cal Grants get awarded to California resident undergraduates based on financial need, academic performance and other factors.

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PROMISE GRANTS

Grant

Low-income students and students receiving cash assistance may automatically apply for a California College Promise Grant (CCPG).

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STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS

Scholarship

The California Community Colleges Scholarship Endowment (CCCSE) offers over 3,000 student scholarships per year.

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WORK-STUDY PROGRAMS

Part-Time Employment

Federal work-study students earn money to pay for college by working a part-time job on-campus or out in the community.

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FOSTER YOUTH

Grant

Foster youth students who were in care on or after their 16th birthday can apply for a Chafee Grant up until they turn 26.

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