Financial Aid Programs

Overview

Cal Grant Programs

The Cal Grant is a California-specific financial aid allocation that does not need to be paid back. Cal Grant applicants must apply using the FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application by the deadline and meet all eligibility, financial, and minimum GPA requirements of either program.

Overview

California Chafee Grant for Foster Youth
Overview For Students

The California Chafee Grant for Foster Youth (Chafee Grant) awards up to $5,000 a year to eligible foster youth. The Chafee Grant may be used at any eligible California college or university, or career or technical school. Students attending schools in other states may also qualify. A student’s receipt of a Chafee Grant award shall not exceed five years (whether or not consecutive).

Overview

Law Enforcement Personnel Dependents Grant Program
Overview For Students

The Law Enforcement Personnel Dependents Grant Program (LEPD) provides a need-based educational grant to dependents and spouses of employees who lost their lives in the line of duty or were totally disabled as a result of an accident or injury caused by external violence or physical force incurred in the performance of duty in the following professions:

Overview

Golden State Teacher Grant Program
Overview For Students

The Golden State Teacher Grant Program (GSTG) awards up to $20,000 to students currently enrolled in a professional preparation program approved by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) and working towards earning their preliminary teaching or pupil personnel services credential.

Students must:

  • Complete their program and obtain their credential within 3 years from the first distribution of GSTG funds.
  • Commit to work at a priority school in California for 4 years within 8 years of completing their program.

Brochures

Golden State Teacher Grant Program One-Page Brochure

Golden State Teacher Grant Program Multipage Brochure


Eligibility

To be eligible for the Golden State Teacher Grant, a student must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Be currently enrolled in a California-based professional preparation program approved by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). 

  • Be working toward a preliminary teaching or pupil personnel services credential.
  • Submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA® Application | Federal Student Aid) or CA Dream Act Application (CA Dream Act Application).
  • Complete their program and obtain their credential within 3 years from the first distribution of GSTG funds.
  • Commit to work at a priority school in California for 4 years within 8 years of completing their program.

Priority School

Priority schools have more than 55% of pupils classified as English Learners, eligible for free or reduced-price meals, or current foster youth. 

The priority school list is compiled by April 15 annually using data submitted to the California Department of Education (CDE) by each public California school.

Nonpublic schools are not eligible as priority schools as they do not report data to CDE.

When determining an eligible school for employment, GSTG recipients may refer to the GSTG Priority List published for the school year they received initial GSTG funds or the school year they are seeking employment for after completing their program.

2020-21 GSTG Priority Schools List

2021-22 GSTG Priority Schools List

2022-23 GSTG Priority Schools List


Frequently Asked Questions

GSTG Frequently Asked Questions FAQ


How To Apply

STEP 1: Submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA® Application | Federal Student Aid) or CA Dream Act Application (CA Dream Act Application). 

STEP 2: Golden State Teacher Grant (GSTG) Application.

The 2022-23 GSTG application is now open. We will continue to accept applications until March 31, 2023, or until all funds have been awarded, whichever occurs first.

The 2023-24 GSTG application is now open. We will continue to accept applications until March 31, 2024, or until all funds have been awarded, whichever occurs first. Processing for 2023-24 awards will begin in August 2023.


Next Steps

Once a student has submitted a GSTG application, they will receive a confirmation email. The student’s institution will verify their eligibility and determine their award amount.

 After the institution verifies the student’s eligibility, the student will be asked to sign their Service Agreement (SA). The SA outlines the program requirements, service commitment, and repayment obligation of the grant. 

After the SA has been signed, CSAC will process the award across term(s) of enrollment during the academic year and send payment to the institution for disbursement.


Contact Information:

GSTG Coordinator Contact Information by Institution

California Student Aid Commission
Golden State Teacher Grant Program
goldenstateteachers@csac.ca.gov

Overview

California Dream Act Service Incentive Grant Program
Overview for Students

The California Dream Act Service Incentive Grant Program (DSIG) encourages California Dream Act Applicant (CADAA) Students with a Cal Grant A award that met Cal Grant B eligibility or a Cal Grant B award to perform community or volunteer service.  The California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) will award up to $4,500 per academic year (up to $2,250 per semester or up to $1,500 per quarter) to 1,667 eligible students. The grant will be available to the student for up to 8 semesters or up to 12 quarters while they have an active Cal Grant A or B award.