Cal Grant Information
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If you have 24 or more completed (posted) units at the end of Winter Intersession, VVC will submit your GPA for you electronically, prior to the March 2nd deadline. You only need to complete and submit your FAFSA by March 2nd in order to be considered for a Cal Grant.
If you have less than 24 completed units at VVC at the end of the Fall Semester, you will need to complete a GPA Verification form and submit to your high school or institution where you have the units completed. The form is available by clicking here. You must also submit the FAFSA on or before March 2nd.
If you have been out of school 5 years or more, and have completed at least 15 but less than 24 units, VVC may submit a re-established GPA on your behalf. Please contact our office before February 15th in order to do so. You must also submit the FAFSA on or before March 2nd.
California, through the Student Aid Commission, offers state-funded grants for graduate and undergraduate students. There are grants for both academic and vocational higher education programs, including the new entitlement program.
Cal Grant A, B, or C applicants must have financial need, be legal California residents attending and eligible school in California, be in a program of study leading directly to an undergraduate degree or certificate, and not possess a baccalaureate degree prior to receiving an award. A student can accept only one Cal Grant. The Financial Aid Office has complete Cal Grant eligibility and application information.
- Cal Grant A helps low-and middle-income students with tuition / fee costs. The minimum eligible course length is two academic years. This Grant does not pay at a California Community College.
- Cal Grant B provides a living allowance for very low-income students. More than half of all new Cal Grant B recipients begin at a public community college. The Cal Grant B award for freshmen is usually limited to the nontuition costs of attending college such as living expenses, books and supplies, transportation, etc. When renewed by sophomores and above, a Cal Grant B may also cover all or part of tuition / fee costs. There are 250 special Cal Grant B awards authorized for community college students transferring to four-year colleges. The minimum eligible course length is 12 months.
- Cal Grant C helps vocational schools students with tuition and training costs. Recipients must be enrolled in a vocational program at a community or independent college or a vocational school course of study from four to 24 months in length. Graduate Fellowships are open to those who demonstrate their intent to become college or university faculty members. About 500 awards annually assist with tuition and fees at independent and public colleges and universities, current payment amount not to exceed $547.
Cal Grant B Entitlement Awards (New for High School Students)
Award Description: Provide grant funds for access costs for low-income students in an amount not to exceed $1670. This grant is to be used for living expenses and expenses related to transportation, supplies and books. Beginning with the second year of Cal Grant B benefits, Cal Grant B also helps pay for tuition / fees for California residents attending qualifying institutions offering undergraduate academic programs of not less than one academic year.
Awards are guaranteed for those who meet the program eligibility criteria.
NEW STATE GRANT- Full-Time Student Success Grant (FTSS)
The FTSS grant is a new State Grant for Cal Grant B and Cal Grant C recipients attending a California Community College full time. This grant will pay an additional $600 annually.
How to Apply for State Grants
To apply for a Cal Grant or Graduate Fellowship, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and file it between January 1 and the Cal Grant March 2 deadline. Also complete any additional application requirements such as providing the Student Aid Commission with a verified grade point average of test scores.
The Financial Aid Office has complete application materials and information. Remember that for special aid programs some schools may have other application requirements and filing dates. Start your research early to be sure you have complete details and can meet the various deadlines.
General Cal Grant Eligibility Requirements
All Cal Grant applicants must:
- Be California residents or AB 540 eligible
- Be U.S. citizens, eligible non-citizens or AB 540 eligible
- Meet U.S. Selective Service requirements
- Attend an eligible California qualifying post-secondary institution.
- Be enrolled at least half-time
- Maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined at school of attendance
- Have family income and assets below the established ceilings
- Not have earned a Bachelor's Degree
- Not be in default on any student loan
- Not own any federal or state grant refund
Last Updated 2/6/17