Cal Grant

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:


  • Complete a FAFSA or CA Dream Act and GPA Verification by March 2nd Priority deadline (Or by September 2nd if funds are remaining)

  • 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.