Type of Program: Grant
Funds can be used for: Educational Expenses
Cal Grants are state funded, need-based grants available to California Residents to help students pay for educational expenses. Cal Grant recipients are selected by the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC). These awards do not have be repaid.
A student may receive only one Cal Grant, either Cal Grant A, B or C. Eligibility will be based on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act (CADAA) application responses, your verified Cal Grant GPA, the type of California colleges you list on your FAFSA or CADAA and whether you are a recent high school graduate.
CAL GRANT AWARDS
- For low to middle income students
- 3.00 high school GPA minimum
- Cal Grant A funds awards are held in reserve status and are renewed for up to two consecutive years while attending a CA Community College.
- CA Community College students that certify they have Dependents may be eligible for a Cal Grant A “access portion” award before transferring to a 4-Year institution.
- For low income students
- 2.00 high school GPA minimum
- Students must be in an eligible associate degree program (.A, .S, .U, .X)
- Certificate of Achievement programs (.C) are NOT eligible for Cal Grant B
- For low to middle income students
- Must be enrolled in an occupational, technical, or vocational program that is at least four months in length, but no longer than twenty-four months, at a California Community College, an independent college, or a occupational/technical school
- Eligible students must complete the Cal Grant Supplemental form through WebGrants 4 Students
- Palomar Majors that meet CSAC Occupation and Technical Certificate or Degree Requirements, click here
- Please see a list of approved Cal Grant C Occupations, click here
HOW TO APPLY:
- Fill out and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) OR a California Dream Act Application (CADAA).
- ALL STUDENTS: Must have a Cal Grant GPA Verification Form submitted by March 2nd.
- HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS: After completing their high school senior year, graduating seniors must verify their high school graduation and date of graduation. This may be completed online at WebGrants 4 Students.
- For more information regarding how to apply, go to: How to Apply – California Student Aid Commission.
CAL GRANT GPA SUBMISSIONS:
- High School Students: (Seniors in California high School or 1 year out of California High School)
- Check with your high school to see if they sent GPA verification electronically for you by the March 2nd deadline. If they have not sent it electronically, have your high school verify your GPA by using the GPA Verification Form.
- Palomar will automatically send CSAC your GPA if:
- You completed at least 16 degree-applicable units (class number 50 & above) at Palomar College
- Have a Palomar College GPA of .50 or higher
- Were enrolled at Palomar College within the last 7 years
- Manual GPA verification needed if:
- You have other college course work to include in your GPA
- You have not attended Palomar College within the last 7 years
- If you need to include other college course work to meet the minimum 16 degree-applicable units complete the Cal Grant GPA Verification form
- Email the Cal Grant GPA Verification form to the Records Office at email@example.com
- March 2nd is the priority Cal Grant deadline
- September 2nd deadline applies to California Community College students
- California Dream Act applicants have only 1 deadline: March 2nd