Institutional Participation

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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 and meeting the cohort default rate and graduation rate thresholds, the institution must complete and submit the following application documents. Applications are reviewed in date order received and may take at least three months prior to approval and execution of the Cal Grant IPA.

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Cal Grant Eligible School List

2019-20 Eligible and Ineligible Cal Grant Schools

On November 1, 2018, the California Student Aid Commission certified the U.S. Department of Education’s 2015 3-year cohort default rates applicable to Cal Grant participating schools for the 2019-20 academic year.
Eligible Cal Grant School List
Ineligible Cal Grant School List

2018-19 Eligible and Ineligible Cal Grant Schools

On November 1, 2017, the California Student Aid Commission certified the U.S. Department of Education’s 2014 3-year cohort default rates applicable to Cal Grant participating schools for the 2018-19 academic year.
Eligible Cal Grant School List
Ineligible Cal Grant School List

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Federal Title IX or California Equity in Higher Education Act Exemption

California Education Code (CEC) section 66290.2(a)(1) requires each postsecondary educational institution in this state that claims an exemption under Section 901(a)(3) of the federal Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 U.S.C. Sec. 1681(a)(3)) [Equal Opportunity in Education Act], to submit to the Commission copies of all materials submitted to, and received from, a state or federal agency concerning the granting of the exemption.

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Institutional Participation Criteria

Postsecondary education institutions that would like to disburse Cal Grant funds must be deemed eligible as a qualifying institution. California Education Code 69432.7(l)(1) defines a qualifying institution as meeting 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: