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.
Click the button below for helpful information related to completing your FAFSA or CADA application, including workshop dates and locations Financial Aid Workshops Information
The FAFSA is the application you will use to apply for federal student aid programs offered by the U.S. Department of Education (ED). Completing and submitting the FAFSA is free and easier than ever, and it gives you access to the largest source of financial aid to help pay for college or career school.
The FAFSA applications are for individuals that are U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens. Applications open October 1st and there is a priority deadline of March 2nd to be eligible for Cal Grant. You can complete the FAFSA.
The CA Dream Act Application is used to determine the California state financial eligibility of students who meet the qualifications of Assembly Bill 540 (AB 540), AB 130 and AB 131. Any aid received can only be used at eligible California institutions.
The CA Dream Act Application is used to apply for state financial aid like the University of California Grants, State University Grants and Community College Board of Governor’s fee waivers. Also, the CA Dream Act Application is used to apply for Cal Grants at California public and private colleges and universities. This is not an application for federal financial aid. Students who have a Social Security Number that was issued after completing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) process must file the Dream Act application. These Social Security cards will say “Valid For Work Only With DHS Authorization.” Other students with Social Security numbers must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA application is completed online at www.fafsa.gov.
Applications are available October 1st of each year and due by March 2nd. Students will need to complete the application every year they will be attending a college or university. You can complete the Dream Act Application at https://dream.csac.ca.gov/
Dream Act Help
Cal Grant is a financial aid program administrated by the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) providing aid to California undergraduates, vocational training students, and those in teacher certification programs. Cal Grants are the largest source of California state funded student financial aid.
A Cal Grant is money for college you don’t have to pay back. To qualify, you must meet the eligibility and financial requirements as well as any minimum GPA requirements. Cal Grants can be used at any University of California, California State University or California Community College, as well as qualifying independent and career colleges or technical schools in California.
There are three kinds of Cal Grants — A, B and C — but you don’t have to figure out which one to apply for. Your eligibility will be based on your FAFSA responses, your verified Cal Grant GPA, the type of California colleges you list on your FAFSA and whether you’re a recent high school graduate. To learn more about the qualifications, go to Calgrants.org.
What to do to be considered for CAL Grant Financial Aid?
To be considered for a Cal Grant, you must:
- 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.
- Create your Web Grant account @Web Grants 4 Students.
- 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
- Phone: 888-224-7268
- Email Helpline: Cal Grant Help