Fund Your Future
fees to California community colleges to be
waived. Assistance for the purchase of books
and supplies must be applied for separately.
Most California community colleges offer online BOG Fee
Waiver applications throughhttp://home.cccapply.org/ money/bog-fee-waiver/terms o
When you use these online applications, the data entered
in CCCApply will be transferred automatically, making the
application process easier and faster.
Full-time or part-time community college students who
qualify for the BOG Fee Waiver and meet other eligibility
requirements may qualify for federal, state, campus,
and private financial aid awards. These students should
complete the FAFSA so eligibility for these programs
can be determined.
OCTOBER 1 – MARCH 2 CAL GRANT DEADLINE
Earn a 2.0 GPA - Meet the Eligibility Standards -
Receive a Cal Grant - Guaranteed!
Cal Grants are FREE cash for college in California - up to
$12,294* annually for up to four years of assistance with
tuition and system-wide fees. Cal Grants can be used
at the California Community Colleges, California State
University and University of California, Private Non-Profit
Independent Colleges and Universities, and eligible Private
For-Profit Colleges. You may also use your Cal Grant for
eligible California-based online college tuition.
determine if the campus you want
to attend is eligible for Cal Grants.
*The amount of Cal Grant awarded varies depending on the
eligible college you attend and is subject to California State
THE CAL GRANT GUARANTEE
In California, a Cal Grant is reserved for every high school
graduate who meets the income and asset eligibility
standards, gets at least a 2.0 GPA, and submits a FAFSA or
California Dream Act Application (CADAA) by the March 2
deadline. A Cal Grant is guaranteed cash for college!
On Sept. 11, 2000, California modified the Cal Grant Program
into a two-tiered approach that a) guarantees an Entitlement
Cal Grant award to graduating high school seniors and
specified transfer students who meet the program eligibility
requirements; and b) provides 25,750 Competitive Cal Grant
awards to students who do not qualify for an Entitlement
grant. The Commission conducts two award competitions
each year. The March Competition provides 12,875 awards
to students, regardless of school campus. The September
Competition, which also provides 12,875 awards, is reserved
for students attending a California community college.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR A CAL GRANT?
Students who are California residents, graduate from
a California high school or pass the General Education
Development test (GED), High School Equivalency test
(HiSET), Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) or the
California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE).* Students
have one year after high school to apply for a guaranteed
Cal Grant. Once an eligible student receives a Cal Grant
“The Cal Grant eased the financial
burden. I feel like my parents had to work
extra hard to help me go to college–
this allows them to relax a little bit. I’m
getting more than just a piece of paper;
I’m growing in character.”
— Richard Ortiz, Simpson University