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Financial Aid & Cal Grant


There are several types of financial aid available to students entering college. Awards include federal and state grants, state fee waivers, work-study jobs, and scholarships. Loans are now included in part of the financial aid package; but do not get confused, LOANS are not grants and have to be paid back.

You can receive multiple forms of financial aid in combination, but to be considered you must complete a FAFSA or Dream Act application between October 1st and March 2nd. The FAFSA should be completed online at FAFSA and the Dream ACT application can be completed online at California Dream Act.

Step 1: Financial Aid Webinar


Cash For College Workshop

Free Application for Federal Student Aid

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Spanish Webinar Presentation


 

Step 2: Need Additional Help?


Sign-up for a follow-up session that is for individuals who have already attended or watched the FAFSA Workshop Sessions. The Google Form below must be completed before being assigned a scheduled appointment with one of our advisors or Merced Cal-SOAP staff members.

Sign-Up for an Appointment! Click on the Form Down Below:

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Financial Aid: FAFSA & California Dream Act


There are several types of financial aid available to students entering college. Awards include federal and state grants, state fee waivers, work-study jobs, and scholarships. Loans are now included in part of the financial aid package; but do not get confused, LOANS are not grants and have to be paid back.

You can receive multiple forms of financial aid in combination, but to be considered you must complete a FAFSA or Dream Act application between October 1st and March 2nd. The FAFSA should be completed online at FAFSA and the Dream ACT application can be completed online at California Dream Act.

What to do to be considered for CAL Grant Financial Aid?


To be considered for a Cal Grant, you must:

  1. Complete a FAFSA or Dream Act application between October 1st and March 2nd. The FAFSA application can be completed online at FAFSA. The Dream Act application can be completed online at California Dream Act.
  2. Create your Web Grant account @Web Grants 4 Students.
  3. Must verify your college and confirm high school graduation. .

How do I submit my Cal Grant GPA for Verification?


Each school electronically submits every senior's GPA by October 1st. Please note, Cal Grant GPA is computed differently as it only includes 10-11 grades, does not include PE or courses similar to PE (i.e. athletics, weights training, etc.) and does not weight AP or honors grades.

Helpful Cal Grant Phone Numbers