Golden State Education and Training Grant (GSETG)


Golden State Education and Training Grant Program
Updated July 2023

Due to the 2023-24 California State Budget, the Golden State Education and Training Grant Program is concluding after making the final payments for the 2022-23 Academic Year. 

The application period is closed. CSAC is no longer accepting grant applications for this program.

Overview for Students

The Golden State Education and Training Grant Program (GSETGP) supports Californians who lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic with a one-time grant of $2,500 to reskill, up-skill, and access educational or training programs to get back into the workforce.

Eligible applicants: 

  • Were displaced from employment due to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Were not enrolled in a training program or institution of higher education at the time they were displaced from employment
  • Have been unable to obtain employment that provides an average monthly wage that is equal to or greater than the average monthly wage received from their employment prior to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Meet the income and asset criteria to be eligible for a Cal Grant A award (pursuant to subdivision (k) of California Education Code Section 69432.7)
  • Are enrolled in a qualified education or training program, including at any California community college, California State University or University of California.

GSETGP Awarding Process

  • An eligible individual may request and receive only one GSETG award.
  • Eligible applicants will be awarded $2,500.
  • Once applicants apply and are found to meet the program requirements, campus offices must verify that the applicant is enrolled at their institution, which triggers the payment process. From the time of enrollment verification, it will take at least six to eight weeks for eligible applicants to receive their funding. This is a rough estimate that is subject to change. 
  • Grants will be disbursed directly to the educational institution or training provider for disbursement to the applicant.

GSETGP Income and Asset Ceilings

GSETGP Approved Education and Training Providers

GSETGP Frequently Asked Applicant Questions

For more information, please contact:

California Student Aid Commission

Golden State Education and Training Grant Program