To be considered for a Cal Grant award, you must complete both of these requirements: First, a 2014-2015 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be completed with the Federal processor at www.fafsa.ed.gov or a 2014-15 Dream Act Application that must be completed at http://www.csac.ca.gov/dream_act.asp by the March 2, 2014 deadline. Second, you must ensure that a certified Grade Point Average (GPA) is submitted to the California Student Aid Commission (Commission) by March 2*, 2014.
Cal Grant GPAs will be accepted only if certified by a school electronically or on the paper GPA Verification form. No transcripts are accepted. The fastest and most secure way for a student to submit a Cal Grant GPA is to have their school electronically upload the GPA directly to the Commission’s system. Please ask your school to submit your GPA electronically to the Commission by the March 2, 2014* filing deadline.
If the school cannot submit the GPA electronically, the paper Cal Grant GPA Verification form must be certified by the school. Please take the appropriate GPA Verification form and the attached instruction sheets to the school that will be certifying your GPA. Download the 2014-15 Cal Grant GPA Verification Form if you completed a FAFSA application and use the 2014-15 Non-SSN GPA Verification form if you completed the Cal Dream Act application. Once the school official completes the “For School Use Only” section, mail the form to the address listed at the bottom of the GPA form. We suggest that if you will be mailing in a paper GPA Verification form to make a copy of your GPA Verification Form for your records, and purchase a certificate of mailing from the post office as proof of your timely submission.
*Due to March 2, 2014 falling on a Sunday, the deadline is extended to the following Monday, March 3, 2014. The paper GPA Verification form must be postmarked no later than March 3, 2014.
Please allow approximately 6-8 weeks for a paper GPA verification form to be processed.
Please note: The Commission will not process any GPAs that may have been submitted in prior years. In order for a student to be considered for a 2014-2015 Cal Grant award, a new GPA form must be received by the Commission by the stated deadline.
WebGrants for Students
Are you wondering if your Cal Grant GPA has been received by the Commission? After you have filed a FAFSA, you can go on-line and check the status of your Cal Grant application by logging on to WebGrants for Students and creating a WebGrants for Students account. This secure site will let you view the status of your Cal Grant or Chafee Grant application, update your address, view payment history or report your college of attendance to the Commission.