How to Apply
All students start the application process by completing and submitting either the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application (CADAA).
Whether a student is completing a bachelor’s program, associate’s program, a credential program, or a career technical education program, there’s money available to help.
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
If a student is a US Citizen, permanent resident, or other qualifying non-resident then they must submit a FAFSA by the March 2 Cal Grant Deadline to be eligible for the most opportunities. Students attending California Community Colleges can submit a FAFSA through September 2 of each year to be considered for a community college Competitive Cal Grant award. To start the FAFSA a student will need to create a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID so they can login and sign the completed application. The FAFSA is used to apply for state financial aid, like Cal Grant and the Middle Class Scholarship, federal financial aid programs like Pell Grant, and institutional aid from colleges like the Blue and Gold Scholarship or the State University Grant (SUG).
California Dream Act Application (CADAA)
Undocumented students who meet AB 540 requirements will need to submit the CADAA by the March 2 Cal Grant Deadline to be eligible for the most opportunities. Students attending California Community Colleges can submit a CADAA through September 2 of each year to be considered for a community college Competitive Cal Grant award. After a student completes the CADAA they must respond to requests for additional information including but not limited to the AB 540 affidavit from the student’s school of attendance. The CADAA is used to apply for state financial aid, like Cal Grant and the Middle Class Scholarship as well as institutional aid from colleges like the Blue and Gold Scholarship or the State University Grant (SUG).
Make sure a Grade Point Average (GPA) has been submitted to the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC)
All students will need to ensure their GPA has been submitted to CSAC.
All students must have their GPA submitted to CSAC by us no later than September 2nd for a Community College Competitive Cal Grant award. please visit the Cal Grant Verification Form webpage.
All students should create a WebGrants 4 Students (WG4S) Account
Students should create a WG4S account to monitor and manage their state awarded financial aid.
After a student’s FAFSA or CADAA application is processed, they will receive an email from CSAC letting them know it’s time to create their WebGrants 4 Students account. WebGrants 4 Students (WG4S) will let students check the status of their state grants, and take necessary steps to secure their aid. It’s important to note that a student’s WG4S account does not replace their school or FAFSA accounts and they may need more than one account to successfully apply for financial aid.
Stay up-to-date on deadlines and requirements by reading all correspondence from CSAC, FAFSA and your school of attendance.
Specialized Financial Aid Programs
Chafee Grant for Foster Youth
Students with Dependents
California Military Department GI Bill Award
Golden State Teacher Grant
Law Enforcement Personnel Dependents Grant
Financial Aid Checklists
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