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 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 $1473. 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.
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: