College Planning Guide: Cal Grant for Undergraduate California Students

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The Cal Grant is a financial aid program that is administered by the California Student Aid Program. Financial aid is provided through the program to undergraduate California students who meet parent income and GPA requirements. Students who qualify for the Cal Grant will receive a Cal Grant notification letter which is also called the California Aid Report or CAR from the commissioner by the end of March or early April. If you qualify you can receive up to $9,700 per year to provide for college expenses at any qualifying California College. The college you are attending will receive the Cal Grant funds directly. Cal Grant is awarded only to undergraduate students.

To apply for the Cal Grant a student must submit the Cal grant GPA verification form and FAFSA before March 2nd. Students will have until September 2nd to apply if they are planning on attending community college. You can keep track of the status of your Cal Grant application online. The GPA verification form depends on the high school you attend. Some schools will submit the form electronically. If that is not the case then you will have to fill up the paper verification form and get it certified by your school before you mail it to the California Student Aid Commission. To renew the Cal Grant you have to file the FAFSA every year and it is not necessary to file another GPA for verification.

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