The state of California offers Cal Grants A and B to qualifying undergraduate students who are residents of California and meet the GPA and need criteria.
For more information about Cal Grants, visit the California Student Aid Commission.
To check the status of your Cal Grant, visit WebGrants for Students.
To Apply: Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and submit a GPA Verification Form to the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) by March 2.
The California Chafee Grant Program gives free money to current or former foster youth to use for vocational school training or college courses. To qualify, you must be a current or former foster youth, must have established court dependency at anytime between the ages of 16 and 18, and must not have reached your 22nd birthday as of July 1st of the award year. The California Department of Social Services will determine your foster youth eligibility status.
To Apply: Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and submit a Chafee Grant Application.
California National Guard Education Assistance Award Program
If you are an active member in the California National Guard, the State Military Reserve, or the Naval Militia you may be eligible for a state-funded program designed to provide an educational incentive to improve your skills, competencies, and abilities.
To qualify, you must:
· Be an active member who has served two (2) years in the California National Guard, the State Military Reserve, or the Naval Militia;
· Agree to remain an active member throughout the participation period in the program;
· Agree to use the award to obtain a certificate, degree, or diploma that you currently do not possess;
· Be enrolled in, registered at, or accepted to a qualifying institution;
· Agree to maintain enrollment of a minimum of three (3) academic units per semester, or the equivalent, at a qualifying institution;
· Agree to maintain at least a 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA); and
· Be a resident of California for at least one year.
The enrollment period for initial applicants is April 15 through April 14 of the following year. The Priority Deadline is June 15. After June 15, applications will continue to be accepted through April 14; however, entry into the program will be granted on a “first come-first serve” basis until all awards are exhausted.
Initial applicants must submit an online or paper application, Free Application for Federal Student Aid, and the Statement of Understanding (SOU) which are all available here: https://nationalguard.csac.ca.gov/