Cal Grant GPA Requirement

Filing for the March 2, 2015, Cal Grant Award Deadline

To be considered for a 2015-16 Cal Grant award, you must have completed both of these application requirements by March 2, 2015*:

      1. Submitted a 2015-16 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or a 2015-16 California Dream Act Application.
      2. Ensured that a certified Grade Point Average (GPA) was submitted to the California Student Aid Commission (Commission).

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 2015-2016 Cal Grant award, a new GPA form must be received by the Commission by the stated deadline.

The March 2, 2015, Cal Grant filing deadline has passed. The next filing deadline, for community college students only, is September 2, 2015 (see below). If circumstances beyond your control prevented the submission of your March 2 Cal Grant GPA, you may file an appeal according to the following instructions.

Filing a March 2 Late GPA Appeal

State law and Commission regulations allow students to file appeals if they were not able to submit their GPA on-time due to circumstances beyond their control. Students wishing to file an appeal to submit a late March 2 GPA must follow the instructions on the form below. All late GPA appeals and the calculated GPA must be submitted using this form and must be received by the Commission:

      1. For High School Entitlement Cal Grant candidates who have or will graduate high school (or achieve the equivalent) after July 1, 2013, or Transfer Entitlement Cal Grant candidates who are     planning to transfer from a California Community College four-year college in 2015-16: by May 16, 2015*.

      2. For Competitive Cal Grant candidates (everyone else): by March 22, 2015*.

*Due to March 22, 2015 falling on a Sunday, 2015-16 March 2 Late GPA Appeals will be accepted if received by Monday, March 23, 2015.

*Due to May 16, 2015 falling on a Saturday, 2015-16 March 2 Late GPA Appeals will be accepted if received by Monday, May 18, 2015.

Filing for the September 2, 2015, Cal Grant Award Deadline

This deadline is for students attending California Community Colleges only.

For the September 2, 2015, deadline for community college students, Cal Grant GPAs will be accepted only if certified by a school electronically or submitted on the paper GPA Verification form. No transcripts are accepted. The fastest and most secure way for students to submit their Cal Grant GPAs is to have their school electronically upload the GPAs directly to the California Student Aid Commission’s system. Please ask your school to submit your GPA electronically to the Commission by the September 2, 2015, filing deadline.

If the school cannot submit electronically, the paper Cal Grant GPA Verification form must be printed and certified by the school. Click on the following links to download the necessary paper forms.

WebGrants for Students

Are you wondering if your Cal Grant GPA has been received by the Commission? After you have filed a FAFSA or California Dream Act Application, you can go on-line and check the status of your Cal Grant application by logging on to WebGrants for Students and creating an account. This secure site provides you with resources, information and tools to assist you with the college financial aid process. It will also let you view the status of your Cal Grant or Chafee Grant application, update your address, submit corrections, view your payment history, update your college of attendance, or satisfy outstanding requirements.