Cal Grant Community College Entitlement Award
For students enrolling at a CA Community College starting
The Cal Grant Community College Entitlement Award is for students attending a California Community College (CCC). Applicants must submit a FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application, plus a verified Cal Grant GPA to the California Student Aid Commission by September 2.
Who is considered for a Community College Entitlement Award
- Students must be enrolled at a California Community College
- Students who meet the general Cal Grant eligibility requirements, which can be found here
Deadline to Apply
- Deadline is September 2nd of each award year
How to Apply
1. Submit the FAFSA OR CA Dream Act Application
2. Login to WebGrants 4 Students and Confirm GPA
After your FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application is processed, you’ll receive an email letting you know it’s time to create your WebGrants 4 Students account. Once you are logged in, confirm that CSAC has your GPA as this completes your Cal Grant application. Students missing the GPA will need to contact their school to complete the Cal Grant GPA Verification Form (G4).
Transferring with a California Community College Entitlement Award
- Students awarded a California Community College Entitlement award may transfer the award and use their remaining eligibility at a University of California (UC) or a California State University (CSU).
- Students awarded a California Community College Entitlement award may NOT transfer the award or use their remaining eligibility at a Private College. If a student transfers to a Private College, their award will be withdrawn and they will be reconsidered either the Transfer Entitlement or Competitive award, if they applied by the March 2nd priority Cal Grant deadline.
**Please note that students awarded a Cal Grant A will have their award reserved until they transfer. Students awarded a Cal Grant B must receive at least one payment prior to transferring.
Cal Grant A
- For low to middle income students
- 3.00 high school GPA or 2.40 college GPA minimum
- May be used for a program that is at least two academic years in length resulting in an associate or baccalaureate degree of 48 semester units or the equivalent
- Can only be used for tuition and fees
- If awarded at a California Community College the award will be held in reserve up to two academic years until the student transfers to a tuition charging institution, unless the student qualifies for the Student with Dependent Children Access Award or Foster Youth Access Award.
Cal Grant B
- For low income students
- 2.00 high school and college GPA minimum
- May be used for a program that is at least one academic year in length resulting in an associate, baccalaureate degree or certificate of at least 24 semester units or the equivalent
- If awarded at a California Community College students will receive an annual Access Award amount to assist with living expenses.
- Note: After transferring to a University of California (UC) or a California State University (CSU) a tuition and fee award amount is offered during Sophomore through Senior years. During Freshman year, the student will only receive the Access Award amount.