Cal Grant C *

For Vocational/Technical/Occupational Students

Cal Grant C

Cal Grant C awards assist with tuition and training costs for occupational, technical, and vocational programs. The award includes up to $547 for books, tools and equipment — and up to $2,462 more for tuition and fees if youíll be attending a school other than a California Community College (community colleges donít charge tuition and your fees will be waived as a Cal Grant recipient). Funding is available for up to two years, depending on the length of the program. To qualify, you must enroll in an occupational, technical, or vocational program that is at least four months long at a California Community College, an independent college, or a vocational/career school. Even though a GPA is not required to apply for a Cal Grant C, you are still encouraged to submit yours because it can only help your chances of receiving an award.

In order to determine an applicantís eligibility for a Cal Grant C, additional information must be provided on the Cal Grant C Supplement form. Supplements are scored based on your work experience, educational history, vocational aptitude, and occupational goal (see Senate Bill 451 info below).

Only if you are potentially eligible for the award will you receive an e-mail or letter notification and access to complete the online Cal Grant C Supplement in WebGrants for Students. You will have 30 days from the date of notification to complete this form. If you are unable to complete the Cal Grant C Supplement online, a paper copy of the form is available at The paper Supplement must be completed and submitted to the California Student Aid Commission by the deadline.

Cal Grant C award offers will be made by the end of June.

Priority Occupations Established Under Senate Bill 451

Senate Bill (SB) 451 requires the California Student Aid Commission (Commission) to give "priority" in granting Cal Grant C awards to students pursuing occupational or technical training in areas that meet two of the following three criteria: high employment need, high employment growth, and high wage.

Through extensive consultation with the Employment Development Department (EDD) and its subsidiary, Labor Market Information Data Library (LMID), the Director at the Center for Strategic Economic Research, and the Dean of the Industry Partnership Practices Unit at the Community College Chancellorís Office, the Commission used the occupational data and projections to determine which occupations met the requirements set forth by SB 451.

Students who select a priority occupation on the Cal Grant C Supplement Form (in WebGrants for Students or on the paper form) will receive 35 additional points in the scoring criteria.

SOC CodeOccupation
49-3023 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics
47-2031 Carpenters
15-1099 Computer Specialists, All Other
15-1041 Computer Support Specialist
35-2014 Cooks, Restaurant
33-2011 Fire Fighters
39-9031 Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors
29-2061 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses
43-6013 Medical Secretaries
23-2011 Paralegals and Legal Assistants
33-3051 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers
25-2011 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education
29-1111 Registered Nurses

* Program is available for California residents only.