Hey California seniors! We hope you enjoyed your Christmas break with your friends and family. Now that you’re back in the swing of things, it’s a great time to start thinking about applying for Cal Grant.
What is Cal Grant?
Cal Grant is a financial aid program administered by the California Student Aid Commission that provides aid to California undergraduates, vocational training students, and those in teacher certification programs. The short version: A Cal Grant is money for college you don’t have to pay back!
Cal Grants can be used at most colleges in California. If you’re planning on attending a private non-profit California college like PUC, Cal Grant is worth up to $9,084 per year. That’s over $36,000 to help pay for four years of college—and it’s free!
How to Apply for Cal Grant
Applying for Cal Grant takes just two easy steps! To be considered for a 2019-20 Cal Grant award, you must complete the following requirements by March 2nd:
- Submit a 2019-20 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application (CADAA)
- Ensure that a certified GPA is submitted to the California Student Aid Commission
GPAs are accepted only if certified by a school electronically or submitted by using the CSAC official GPA verification form. No transcripts are accepted.
*Due to March 2, 2019, falling on a Saturday, the CSAC will accept GPA verification forms postmarked no later than Monday, March 4, 2019.
- FAFSA (PUC’s school code is 001258)
- Cal Grant GPA verification form
- Cal Grant FAQ
- Cal Grant fact sheet
- California Dream Act application
Our team of financial aid counselors in the Student Finance office is here to help if you have questions about Cal Grant and how much aid you may qualify for. Call (800) 862-7080, option 1 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to get connected with a counselor now.