Cal Grant GPA Information

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Filing for the March 2, 2019 Cal Grant Award Deadline

To be considered for a 2019-20 Cal Grant award, you must have completed both of these application requirements by March 2, 2019*:

  1. Submitted a 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or a 2019-20 California Dream Act Application (CADAA). (Available October 1, 2018)
  2. Ensured that a certified Grade Point Average (GPA) was submitted to the California Student Aid Commission (Commission).

2019-2020 paper Cal Grant GPA verification forms and CADAAs are accepted through Friday, March 2, 2018 (Postmark Deadline).

California law requires that by, October 1, 2018, all public and charter high schools electronically upload GPAs for current enrolled seniors that do not opt-out.

The Commission will not process any GPAs that may have been submitted in prior years. In order for a student to be considered for a 2019-2020 Cal Grant award, a new GPA must be received by the Commission by the stated deadline. Transcripts are not accepted. GPAs are only accepted by high schools that are fully accredited by Western Association of Schools and Colleges or other regionally accrediting agency, or have a University of California (UC) approved course list.

*Due to March 2, 2019 falling on Saturday, the Commission will accept GPA verification forms postmarked no later than Monday, March 4, 2019.

Students who graduated High School in prior years:

Students who graduated from high school last year can apply for a Cal Grant award to attend a college this year. You must submit a certified GPA from your public or private High School by the March 2nd deadline. Public high schools are mandated to submit GPAs only for current year senior students.

You can submit your certified GPA by completing the GPA verification form, or ask your high school to electronically submit it for you. This form must be received no later than March 2, 2018.

Filing for the September 2, 2018, Cal Grant Award Deadline

The September deadline is for students attending California Community Colleges only.

To be considered for a 2018-2019 September Competitive Cal Grant award, you must have completed the following application requirements by September 2, 2018*:

  1. Submitted a 2018-2019 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). 
  2. Ensured that a certified Grade Point Average (GPA) was submitted to the California Student Aid Commission (Commission). 
  3. Enroll in a California Community College.

The September 2, 2018, deadline is for community college students, Cal Grant GPAs were accepted only if certified by a school electronically or submitted on the paper GPA Verification form. No transcripts are accepted.

*Due to September 2, 2018 falling on Sunday and September 3, 2018 being a national holiday, the Commission will accept GPA verification forms postmarked no later than Tuesday, September 4, 2018.

Sept. 2, 2018 Cal Grant GPA Verification Form

WebGrants for Students

Are you wondering if your Cal Grant GPA has been received by the Commission? After you have filed a FAFSA or CADAA, you can go on-line and check the status of your Cal Grant application by logging on to WebGrants for Students and creating an account. This secure site provides you with resources, information and tools to assist you with the college financial aid process. It will also let you view the status of your Cal Grant or Chafee Grant application, update your address, submit corrections, view your payment history, update your college of attendance, or satisfy outstanding requirements.