Institutional Participation


Institutional Participation Criteria

Postsecondary education institutions that would like to disburse Cal Grant funds must be deemed eligible as a qualifying institution. A qualifying institution must meet one of the following criteria:

1. California private or independent postsecondary educational institution that participates in the Pell Grant Program and in at least two of the following federal student aid programs:


Application for Participation

Once an institution has been deemed eligible to participate in the Cal Grant program by the California Student Aid Commission (Commission) as a qualifying institution, the institution must download, complete, and submit the following seven documents. The Cal Grant Institutional Participation Agreement (IPA) is the managing contract between the Commission and Cal Grant participating institution.The Cal Grant IPA must be signed by the institution’s president, chancellor or Chief Executive Officer as reported to the U.S. Department of Education.