The California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) awards Cal Grants to eligible California students. A grant is money that you don't need to pay back.
You apply for all Cal Grants – there are multiple types -- when you complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act application and have your high school provide a verified grade point average (GPA) to CSAC.
Selection is based on financial need, academic performance, and other factors. You must apply for a Cal Grant by the March 2 deadline by filing your FAFSA or Dream Act application and ensuring your school submits your verified GPA.
Basic Eligibility Requirements for All Cal Grant Programs
All Cal Grant recipients must: