The intention of grants is to assist students from low
income families in being able to afford education at a postsecondary
institution. The money students receive from grants does not have to be
repaid, unless the student were to withdraw from school or fail to carry
the required units for the school term.
There are three main sources for grants:
- Federal Government
- California Government
Grants are based mainly on financial need. The amount
awarded is dependent on the student’s financial need, enrollment status,
and the institution’s estimated cost of attendance. There are two types
of federal grants.
- Pell Grant – Amounts can change yearly. The current
maximum is $4,050.
- Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
(FSEOG) – Awarded to students with exceptional financial need. Students
receiving a Pell Grant have priority for the FSEOG award.
California Grants (Cal-Grant)
Unlike the federal grant, Cal-Grant takes into
consideration the academic grade point average (GPA) of the student, in
addition to financial need. There are three types of Cal-Grants
available to California high school students attending a California
institution of higher education.
- Cal-Grant A – Provides money for the cost of
tuition/fee to students with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA and not exceeding
the income and assets ceiling figures issued by the state each year. The
target population is students from low to middle income households.
Students meeting the requirements and filing prior to March 2nd receive
the Cal-Grant A entitlement award.
- Cal Grant B – The first year of the grant is a
payment of $1,551 and the following years the award includes the amount
similar to the Cal-Grant A in addition to the $1,551. The award is for
students with a minimum of a 2.0 GPA and not exceeding the income and
assets ceiling figures issued by the state each year. The target
population is students from low income households. Students meeting the
requirements and filing prior to March 2nd receive the Cal-Grant B
- Cal Grant C – This grant provides tuition, fees and
cost assistance for students attending vocational or occupational
schools. The vocational program must be a minimum of four months in
California Chafee Grant – Grant provides up to $5,000 for college or
job training for students that were foster youths. Requires completion
of the FAFSA and the California Chafee Grant Application forms. More
information can be obtained from the California Student Aid Commission
(CSAC) at 1-888- 224-7268.
- University of California Student Aid Grant – Target
population is students identified as financially in need. Grants are
awarded by each University of California campus.
- State University Grant – Offered by campuses in the
California State University system to assist financially needy students
in paying fees.
- Educational Opportunity Program Grant – Offered by
campuses in the California State University system to assist students
identified as economically or educationally disadvantaged and were
admitted to the university through the Educational Opportunity Program
- Board of Governors (BOG) Fee Waiver – California
Community College program for students identified as in financial need.