How do I qualify for a Cal Grant?

Cal Grants are for students who are pursuing an undergraduate degree or vocational or career training, and do not have to be repaid. In addition to meeting the financial criteria and Cal Grant requirements, you must:

  • submit the FAFSA and your verified Cal Grant GPA by the deadline
  • be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen
  • be a California resident
  • attend a qualifying California college
  • not have a bachelor's or professional degree
  • have financial need at the college of your choice
  • have family income and assets below the minimum levels
  • be enrolled or plan to enroll in a program leading to an undergraduate degree or certificate
  • be enrolled or plan to enroll at least half time
  • have registered with the U.S. Selective Service, if required to do so
  • not owe a refund on any state or federal grant or be in default on a student loan
  • maintain the Satisfactory Academic Progress standards as established by the school. Recipients who do not meet the standards are ineligible for Cal Grant payment and will not use eligibility during the terms they are ineligible for payment.

Special Note: If you are a current Cal Grant C recipient and wish to be considered for a Cal Grant A or B, you must submit a written request to be withdrawn from the Cal Grant C program no later than March 2 and submit both the FAFSA and your verified GPA by the March 2 postmark deadline.