California College Promise Grant

  • You must be coded by Admissions and Records as a California Resident or AB-540 student (contact A&R for residency questions)
  • Awarded automatically if you have an accepted FAFSA/CADAA on file with Merced Community College (MCC)  and you meet income requirements
  • Also can be awarded by filling out a paper California College Promise Grant application in the main financial aid office if you meet one of the qualifications:
    • You meet certain income standards
    • or You or your family are receiving public assistance from the Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC), Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or General Assistance 
    • or You have certification from the California Department of Veterans' Affairs or the national Guard Adjutant General for a dependent's fee waiver 

How to Keep Eligibility 

  • Must sustain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Must complete more than 50 percent of your cumulative coursework
  • If you are below these standards for two consecutive terms (summer excluded), you may lose your grant eligibility

California College Promise Grant "minimum need" threshold

Beginning Fall 2012 all students being awarded Promise Grant fee waivers must meet the minimum need threshold of $1104.  At Merced College, only students with an estimated family contribution (EFC) of $10,415 or less will be eligible to receive a fee waiver based on FAFSA eligibility standards.