Cal Grant

Funded by the State of California and administered by the CALIFORNIA STUDENT AID COMMISSION, a Cal Grant is money for school that you don’t have to pay back!

What is a Cal Grant?
Cal Grants are one of the smartest ways to get cash for college. For starters, it’s money you don’t have to pay back. If you’re a graduating high school senior or recent graduate, meet academic, financial and eligibility requirements and submit two forms by the Cal Grant deadline, March 2nd, you may receive a Cal Grant!
Official Cal Grant Website

Am I eligible?
To be eligible for a Cal Grant you must:

  • Submit the FAFSA and your verified Cal Grant GPA by the deadline March 2nd
  • Be a California resident when you graduated from high school
  • Have financial need based on your college costs
  • Have family income and assets below the established ceilings
  • Meet any minimum GPA requirements (Note: CSAC uses cumulative GPA up to end of Jr. Year)
  • Be enrolled at least half time
  • Have registered with U.S. Selective Service (most males)
  • Not owe a refund on a state or federal grant, or be in default on a student loan

    Please visit the California Student Aid Commission for a comprehensive list of eligibility requirements.

    When can I apply?
    You can apply for a Cal Grant at any one of these four times:

  • As a high school senior.
  • Within one year after you graduate.
  • As a community college transfer student (under the age of 28).
  • Within one year of getting your GED.


    How do I apply?

  • Complete the FAFSA by March 2nd
  • Submit a verified Cal Grant GPA (SAT, ACT, or GED score for home school students) by March 2nd
  • Contact the California Student Aid Commission to confirm you have met all eligibility requirements.
  • Monitor your award at


    Who will notify me of the award?
    Once your data is confirmed by the CALIFORNIA STUDENT AID COMMISSION, they will notify you and the Master’s College of your award. Only the CALIFORNIA STUDENT AID COMMISSION has the authority to make an official Cal Grant award offer.


  • Important dates and tasks
  • Contact the California Student Aid Commision to confirm you have met all eligibility requirements.
  • Monitor your award at


    Contact the California Student Aid Commission

    • Telephone: Toll-free (888) 224-7268
    • E-mail:

    Please be advised that any Cal Grant award offer is tentative and subject to the final approval of the State Budget Act.

    How do I make sure my high school has submitted my grades to the California Student Aid Commission?*

    Ask your High School registrar what their school procedure is.

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