Cal Grant GPA Requirement


Filing for the March 2, 2017, Cal Grant Award Deadline

To be considered for a 2017-2018 Cal Grant award, you must have completed both of these application requirements by March 2, 2017:

      1. Submitted a 2017-2018 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or a 2017-2018 California Dream Act Application (CADAA). — Available October 1, 2016
      2. Ensured that a certified Grade Point Average (GPA) was submitted to the California Student Aid Commission (Commission).

2017-18 paper Cal Grant GPA verification forms and CADAAs are accepted through Thursday, March 2, 2017 (Postmark Deadline).

California law require that all public and charter high schools electronically upload GPAs for current enrolled seniors that do not opt-out.

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 2017-2018 Cal Grant award, a new GPA must be received by the Commission by the stated deadline. Transcripts are not accepted. GPAs are only accepted by high schools that are fully accredited by Western Association of Schools and Colleges or other regionally accrediting agency, or have a University of California (UC) approved course list.



Filing for the September 2, 2016, Cal Grant Award Deadline

The September 2, 2016, Cal Grant filing deadline has passed. The next filing deadline is March 2, 2017 (see above).

The September deadline is for students attending California Community Colleges only.

To be considered for a 2016-2017 September Competitive Cal Grant award, you must have completed the following application requirements by September 2, 2016:

      1. Submitted a 2016-2017 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
      2. Ensured that a certified Grade Point Average (GPA) was submitted to the California Student Aid Commission (Commission).
      3. Enroll in a California Community College.

The September 2, 2016, deadline was for community college students, Cal Grant GPAs were accepted only if certified by a school electronically or submitted on the paper GPA Verification form.
No transcripts are accepted.


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.