The Cal Grant is a state need-based grant funded through the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC). It is for students pursuing an undergraduate degree or vocational/career training. The FAFSA or CA Dream Act and a GPA Verification determine a student’s eligibility.
Cal Grant Eligibility Criteria
A student must meet the following criteria to be eligible for a Cal Grant:
Meet financial need as determined by FAFSA or CA Dream Act
Be a California resident or AB 540/AB 2000/SB 68 eligible student
Be enrolled in a minimum of 6 units, half-time, per semester
Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress
Have your GPA Verification sent to CSAC
Cal Grant GPA Verification
City College of San Francisco will electronically submit the GPA Verification for students who meet the following criteria:
Attended CCSF within the past two academic years
Completed 24 or more degree applicable/transferable credits at CCSF
Cal Grant Programs
At the Community College level, students are eligible to receive the following types of Cal Grant:
- Cal Grant B: Available to low income and/or economically disadvantaged students pursuing an Undergraduate degree
- Cal Grant C: Available to low income or middle class students enrolled in an occupational/career training program
Cal Grant Lifetime Eligibility
The Cal Grant B Entitlement Award has a lifetime limit of 4 academic years, or 8 semesters. Due to this limit, California Community College students are advised to use no more than two academic years, or 4 semester, of the Cal Grant at the community college.
Students who are at or past the 2 year recommended limit at the community college level are able to put the Cal Grant award on hold for up to 4 semesters in order to maintain 2 years of Cal Grant eligibility at a 4-year college or university.
Additionally,in order to graduate with an undergraduate degree within 4 years, CSAC recommends that Cal Grant recipients take 15 semester units, or 30 semester units per academic year. Doing so will allow students to not exceed the Cal Grant lifetime eligibility before graduation.