Cal Grant GPA Requirement


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

This deadline is for students attending California Community Colleges only.

To be considered for a 2016-2017 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.

GPAs will be accepted only if certified by a school electronically or submitted on the paper GPA Verification form postmarked no later than September 2, 2016.

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 Commissionís system. Please ask your school to submit your GPA electronically to the Commission by the September 2, 2016, filing deadline.

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 2016-2017 Cal Grant award, a new GPA must be received by the Commission by the stated 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.

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 (CADA). — 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 CADAs 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.

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.