The Cal Grant Institutional Participation Agreement (IPA) is the managing contract between the California Student Aid Commission (Commission) and Cal Grant participating institutions. Postsecondary education institutions that would like to disburse Cal Grant funds must be deemed eligible as a qualifying institution. A qualifying institution must meet one of the following criteria:
Additionally, the institution must have a federal student loan borrower’s rate with 40 percent or less for undergraduate students, otherwise, be below the three year cohort default rate of 15.5 percent and be above the graduation rate of 20 percent.
Institutions use the IPA to apply for Cal Grant initial participation, renewal, or to update a current approval. Updates include changes such as, but not limited to, a change of ownership or structure, name or address change, new location or program, or change of officials.
An institution that meets the requirements as a qualifying institution and is interested in participating in Cal Grant Program should submit a request for certification via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide the name of your institution and the six digit Office of Postsecondary Education Identification number. If you have additional questions, please contact Institutional Support Services at 1-800-294-0153.