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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 grant that does not need to be paid back. Cal Grant applicants must submit 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.

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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

Cal Grant A
3.0 high school GPA or 2.4 college GPA

$12,570 at UC

$5,742 at CSU

$9,220 at qualifying private California colleges

*If awarded at a California community college, the award will be held in reserve up to 2 years until the student transfers to a 4-year university


Cal Grant B
2.0 high school GPA

$1,648 at a California community college

$1,648 + the Cal Grant A amount at UC, CSU, or private colleges


Cal Grant C
No GPA requirement

For Occupational or Technical training programs

$1,094 for books, tools, and equipment for technical or career education programs at a California community college.

$3,009 if not attending a California community

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).



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

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

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

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

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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 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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