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 high school GPA, meets the Cal Grant requirements (including financial need) and applies by March 2nd 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 are transferring directly to a four (4) year school with a minimum college GPA of 2.4.

To qualify, you must:

  • submit the FAFSA or CADAA and your verified Cal Grant GPA by the March 2nd deadline
  • be a recent high school graduate or a high school senior ready to graduate; or be transferring directly from a community college to a four (4) year school in the upcoming academic year
  • 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
  • meet the minimum GPA requirements
  • 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
  • not be incarcerated
  • be under 28 years of age by December 31st of the academic year for which they are awarded