Can I get a Cal Grant if Iím seeking vocational or career training?

Yes. Cal Grant C awards provide assistance with tuition and training costs if youíre pursuing a career or technical/vocational education. Funding is available for up to two years, depending on the length of the program Your program of study must be at least four months long. A few four-year colleges and universities may also offer vocational studies. You will need to check with your institution to see if it participates in the Cal Grant C program. Even though a GPA is not required to apply for a Cal Grant C, youíre still encouraged to submit yours because it can only help your chances of receiving an award.

Cal Grant C award amounts are determined through the annual state budget process. For 2012-13, awards are up to $547 for training-related costs and up to $2,462 for tuition assistance if you attend a school other than a California Community College (community colleges donít charge tuition and your fees will be waived as a Cal Grant recipient).

If you list an occupational or technical program or school on your FAFSA and you donít receive a Cal Grant A or B, you will be considered potentially eligible to receive a Cal Grant C award. In that case, by early May youíll receive an e-mail or letter notification to complete the Cal Grant C Supplement online in WebGrants for Students. You will have 30 days from the date of notification to complete this form to be further considered for a Cal Grant C award. If you are unable to complete the Cal Grant C Supplement online, a paper copy of the form is available at http://www.csac.ca.gov/doc.asp?id=80. The paper Supplement must be completed and submitted to the California Student Aid Commission by the deadline.

The Cal Grant C award notifications will be sent by the end of June.

Special Note: If youíre 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current Cal Grant C recipient and wish to be considered for a Cal Grant A or B, you must submit a written request to be withdrawn from the Cal Grant C program by January 1 and submit both the FAFSA and your verified Cal Grant GPA by the March 2 application deadline. You may submit your request to withdraw from the Cal Grant C program to the Commission at:

California Student Aid Commission
Program Administration and Services Division
P.O. Box 419028
Rancho Cordova CA 95741-9028

Please use caution when withdrawing from the Cal Grant C award. If you withdraw from the Cal Grant C program, your withdrawal is irrevocable and thereís no guarantee youíll receive a Cal Grant A or B. Please make sure you talk with your collegeís financial aid administrator before withdrawing from the Cal Grant C program.