Cal Grant C Award
For students who are pursuing an Associate Degree or Certificate

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Are you interested in pursuing a vocational, occupational, or technical program that could bring you closer to your dream job? The California Student Aid Commission provides State financial aid for those who meet certain income, asset, and other financial aid standards to attend college. The Cal Grant C program provides FREE MONEY to students pursuing an Associates or Certificate program.

How to apply

  • Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at https://fafsa.ed.gov/ or the California Dream Act Application at https://dream.csac.ca.gov/ by the March 2 deadline.
  • If the Commission determines you eligible for a Cal Grant C, complete the Cal Grant C Supplement Form and return to the California Student Aid Commission by the requested deadline.
  • Use up to $2,462 for tuition and fees and $547 for books, tools, and equipment at any Cal Grant Eligible vocational, occupational, or technical programs.
  • Use up to $1,094 at any California Community College.

Cal Grant C: (7,761 awards offered during the March 2nd deadline)

  • For low to middle income students
  • No GPA requirement
  • For Occupational/Technical/Vocational and non-transferring associate degree programs
  • Certificate and Associate degree programs of least 4 months in length
  • Offers an award amount to assist with tuition and fees, also includes an additional annual book and supplies amount

So what’s stopping you? Take a look at the priority list of occupational and technical trainings to see if the field that you’re interested in can earn extra points for your application! 

Cal Grant C Priority Occupational List- Students pursuing an occupation from this list receive priority points in the selection criteria for Cal Grant C awards

Cal Grant C Occupational List - Occupations on this list meet the Cal Grant C program criteria per Senate Bill 1028

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