Program Compliance


Program Compliance

The Student Aid Commission’s Program Compliance Services (PCS) is pleased to provide the financial aid community with information on the compliance review process. We hope you will find the information, contained in the following web pages, useful. It is our goal to continuously improve and update our review process to ensure value added service.

The program compliance review is conducted to:

  • Evaluate the school’s administration of Commission programs
  • Ensure compliance with applicable laws, policies, and agreements governing the Commission’s programs
  • Aid in problem resolution to enhance the school’s administration of Commission programs

Programs reviewed include the following:

  • Cal Grant Program

The review will focus on, but will not be limited to, the following areas:

  • General Eligibility
  • Applicant Eligibility
  • Fund disbursement and Refunds
  • Fiscal Responsibility
  • File Maintenance and Record Retention
  • Follow-up Areas of Prior Noncompliance

Cal Grant Review Reports

As part of its oversight duties, the California Student Aid Commission (Commission) routinely conducts program reviews to confirm that schools are in compliance with federal and state laws and regulations, the Cal Grant Institutional Participation Agreement, Cal Grant Program Handbook, and Commission’s Operation Memos and Special Alerts. During a program review, auditors evaluate the school’s compliance identify findings, assess liabilities, and identify actions the school must take to improve its future administrative capabilities.


The Review Process

The Program Compliance Services conducts a comprehensive compliance review of each institution participating in the Cal Grant Program.