Cal Grant FAQ

  1. What is a Cal Grant?
  2. How do I apply for a Cal Grant?
  3. What is the deadline to apply for a Cal Grant?
  4. How many types of Cal Grants are there?
  5. What happens if I missed the March 2, 2013 deadline?
  6. Who will send my Grade Point Average to the California Student Aid Commission?
  7. How do I know if I am awarded a Cal Grant?
  8. Where can I get more help?
  1. What is a Cal Grant?
    Cal Grants are "free" cash awards offered by the State of California through the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC).
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  2. How do I apply for a Cal Grant?
    To apply for federal and state financial aid, you will need to complete the FreeCalifornia Student Aid Commission will use the information you provide on your FAFSA to determine your eligibility for California Grants. You need to complete only one application each school year.  Come to the Financial Aid Office, Information Center, located in Cloud Hall, room #331, during office hours.  Once you file a FAFSA by the prescribed deadline, City College of San Francisco will send your grade point average electronically to the California Student Aid Commission.
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  3. What is the deadline to apply for a Cal Grant?
    Apply by the March 2, 2013 postmark deadline by submitting your FAFSA to the Federal processor.  If you file a FAFSA and list CCSF's school code #012874 on question #104 of the application and completed 24 units at CCSF, your grade point average will be automatically sent to the California Student Aid Commission.
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  4. How many types of Cal Grants are there?
    Please click the following link to learn about various Cal Grant Programs. http://www.csac.ca.gov/PUBS/FORMS/GRNT_FRM/ENGCGFLYER.PDF
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  5. What happens if I missed the March 2, 2013 deadline?
    If you miss the March 2, 2013 deadline you still can apply for a Federal Pell Grant, Federal College Work Study, Federal Supplemental Opportunity Grant, student loans and private grants and scholarship
    Community college students get a second chance, September 3, 2013 to apply for a Cal Grant A or B competitive award.  Since the number of awards available in September is limited, it is extremely important to apply by March 2, 2013.
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  6. Who will send my Grade Point Average to the California Student Aid Commission?
    If you file a FAFSA by the prescribed deadline(s), attended CCSF within the last two years, and completed 24 units, City College of San Francisco will send GPA data electronically to the California Student Aid Commission.
    If you are transferring units from other community colleges or four year colleges/universities, you must request that an official transcript from the community colleges or universities you previously attended be sent to CCSF, Office of Admissions and Records located in Conlan Hall #107. Your official transcripts must be received and you must request the completion of GPA Verification Form by February 28, 2013  for the March 2nd deadline or by August 30, 2013 for the September 3rd deadline.
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  7. How do I know if I am awarded a Cal Grant?
    If you file a FAFSA and the grade point verification was submitted to the California Student Aid Commission by the March 2, 2013 or the September 3, 2013 deadlines you will receive a Cal Grant notification letter from the California Student Aid Commission. If you do not receive written confirmation within 6 weeks, contact the California Student Aid Commission at (916) 526-7590.
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  8. Where can I get more help?
    For questions regarding financial aid, contact the Financial Aid Office’s Information Center located in Cloud Hall, room #331.  You may also contact The California Student Aid Commission at (916) 526-7590, the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-433-3243, or go to  http://studentaid.ed.gov/PORTALSWebApp/students/english/index.jsp.  TTY users may call 1-800-730-8913.
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