How do I apply for a Cal Grant?

To apply, you must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, known as the FAFSA, and your verified Cal Grant GPA by the March 2 Cal Grant application deadline.

  1. The FAFSA. The easiest and fastest way is by applying online using FAFSA on the Web. If you donít have access to a computer, you may call toll free 800.433.3243 to have a paper FAFSA mailed to you. If youíll be mailing the paper FAFSA, get a certificate of mailing ($1.15 plus postage) as proof that you submitted your FAFSA by the March 2 deadline.

  2. Check out these tips for completing the FAFSA on the Web.

  3. Your verified Cal Grant GPA. Check with your school to see if it will submit your GPA for you or whether youíll need to submit it using the Cal Grant GPA Verification Form. If you need to submit your GPA, you can pick up the form at your school or find the GPA Verification Form online.The GPA verification form must be certified by your school and returned to the Commission no later than March 2.

  4. For free help completing the FAFSA or other forms, plan to attend a California Cash for College Workshop. Attend a workshop, complete an exit evaluation and submit the FAFSA and your verified Cal Grant GPA and you may qualify for a $1,000 scholarship.