What are the Cal Grant A and B Entitlement Awards?

Cal Grant A and B Entitlement awards are guaranteed for every high school graduate who has at least a 2.0 GPA, meets the Cal Grant requirements (including financial need) and applies by March 2 of his or her senior year or the year following graduation. The guarantee extends to California high school graduates who attend a California Community College and meet the requirements when they’re ready to transfer to a four-year college.

To qualify, you must:

  • submit the FAFSA and your verified Cal Grant GPA by the deadline
  • be a recent high school graduate or a high school senior ready to graduate
  • 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