How to Apply for CAL Grant 2024: Evevrything you need to know

The Cal Grant is only for California state-specific financial aid allocation that does not need repayment. Cal Grant aspirants must submit the FAFSA or California Dream Act Application by the deadline and complete all eligibility, financial, and minimum GPA requirements for either program.

How to apply for Cal Grant

To apply we will go through Steps with an easy understanding

  • STEP 1: SUBMIT THE FAFSA OR CADAA

If you are applying for the 2024-25 New FAFSA/ New California Dream Act application will be open by December 31, 2023.

Deadline: April 2, 2024.

Secondary deadline: September 3, 2024, applicable to Community College students.

Students who are American citizens, permanent residents, or qualified noncitizens should fill out the FAFSA. Starting with the 2024-25 FAFSA, anyone who has to submit details for the FAFSA form will need to construct a Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID)

CADAA – CA Dream Act Application

The CA Dream Act Application is open to undocumented students, DACA recipients (valid/expired), U Visa holders, students with Temporary Protected Status (TPS), and those who meet the AB 540 standards.

Students who complete the CADAA must verify eligibility for AB 540 with their college; this is a vital step that permits them to pay in-state tuition and receive state financial aid.

The CA Dream Act Application is used to apply for state financial help, such as the Cal Grant and the Middle-Class Scholarship, as well as college institutional aid, such as the Blue and Gold Scholarship or the State University Grant (SUG).

The information gathered on the CADAA is not shared with the federal government and is not used for immigration enforcement.

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  • STEP 2: CONFIRM GPA SUBMISSION TO CSAC

To be eligible for a Cal Grant aid, first-time applicants or students without an active grant must have a GPA on file with CSAC. Students with a current Cal Grant grant are not required to submit a GPA to CSAC. CSAC accepts confirmed GPAs from high schools, adult programs, community colleges, and two- or four-year colleges.

A test result (SAT, ACT, GED, TASC, HiSET) can be submitted in place of a GPA if the student was homeschooled, attended an unaccredited school, or calculating a GPA on a 4.00 scale is impossible. Test results can be provided by filling out the Cal Grant GPA Verification form.

  • STEP 3: CREATE A WEB GRANT 4 STUDENTS ACCOUNT

Students can create a WebGrants 4 Students account after submitting their FAFSA or CA Dream Act application. Students can verify the status of their GPA (if required) as well as manage or track the status of their state financial assistance awards.

All students must set up a WebGrants for Students (WG4S) account.

It is crucial to remember that a student’s WG4S account does not replace their school or FAFSA accounts, and they may require multiple accounts to successfully apply for financial aid.

Verify that a Grade Point Average (GPA) has been filed to the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC).

All students must guarantee that CSAC has their GPA on file by the March 2 deadline.

  • STUDENT & FAMILY RESOURCES

Students and families are urged to submit applications as soon as possible to take advantage of any available financial help. This is important knowledge that could significantly influence a student’s decision to attend college.

FAQ

What is the maximum income to qualify for a Cal Grant?

Cal Grants have financial and academic eligibility requirements.
For instance, to be eligible for Cal Grant A or C in 2022–2023 and Cal Grant B in 2022–2023—a dependent student from a family of four must have an annual household income of less than $116,800 or $61,400.

When to apply for Cal Grant 2024?

The California financial aid priority deadline for the 2024-25 school year is April 2, 2024. Students attending California Community Colleges for the 2024-25 academic year should apply by April 2 and no later than September 3, 2024.

Is Cal Grant A or B better?

Competitive Cal Grant A awards up to $12,294 in tuition and required systemwide fees. Competitive Cal Grant B awards included $1,670 in living expenses in the first year, and $1,670 in living expenses plus tuition and necessary systemwide fees totaling up to $12,294 in the second year of eligibility.

Is the California Grant only for low-income?

For students from low- and middle-income families with a minimum GPA of 3.0. These scholarships help pay for tuition and fees at qualifying schools with academic programs that last at least two years.

Source: California State Grant

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