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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 through

http://home.cccapply.org/ money/bog-fee-waiver/terms o

r

icanaffordcollege.com .

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.

CAL GRANTS

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.

Visit

www.csac.ca.gov to

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

Budget authorization.

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