Cal Grant Community College Entitlement Award
For students enrolling at a CA Community College starting with the 2021-22 Academic Year

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The Cal Grant Community College Entitlement Award is for students attending a California Community College (CCC). Applicants must submit a verified Cal Grant GPA, FASFA or CA Dream Act Application (CADAA) to the California Student Aid Commission by September 2. New awards will become available in the Fall of 2021.

Who is considered for a Community College Entitlement Award

  • Students enrolled at a California Community College in their award year
  • 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

Submit the FAFSA. Unless you’re an undocumented, CA Dream Act-eligible student, then submit the CA Dream Act Application.

2. Login to WebGrants 4 Students and Confirm GPA

After your FAFSA or CADAA 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.

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 If a student transfers to a Private College, their award will be withdrawn and they will be reconsidered for Cal Grant eligibility to determine whether they meet either the Transfer Entitlement or Competitive eligibility requirements.

Once you submit your completed FAFSA/CA Dream Act Application and verified GPA you will be considered for the appropriate Cal Grant award based on GPA, and financial need.

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

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
  • Offers an award amount to assist with tuition and fees with an additional annual Access Award amount to assist with living expenses.
  • Note: The tuition and fee award amount is only offered during Sophomore through Senior years.  During Freshman year, the student will only receive the Access Award amount.