About the Scholarship

The Cal Grant A award is a state grant program that is overviewed, organized and supported by the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC), which helps the low and middle-income students to pay their tuition fees.

The Cal Grant A award is awarded to those eligible candidates who are transferring from a Californian Community College to a four-year college.

The Cal Grant Competitive awards are similar to the Cal Grant Entitlement awards, except the condition that they are not guaranteed. In order to apply for the Cal Grant A award, the applicants must present their financial needs and meet the income and asset requirements as mentioned by the State Commission. 


How to Apply?

  • The applicant must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which can be found online on the official website of FAFSA.

  • The applicant's FAFSA must be completed and filed with the federal processor by March 2 of the academic year.

  • The applicant needs to submit additional forms or supplemental information, as requested by each participating college or university before scholarship eligibility can be determined for the applicant.

  • The applicant needs to contact their institution for additional details and also the scorecards of grade point average (GPA) with the California Student Aid Commission by no later than the given deadline date.


Scholarship Amount

The Cal Grant A award that amounts for the current academic year is for:

  • $12,192 at the University of California campuses
  • $9,708 at independent or private colleges
  • $5,472 at California State University campuses

Awards are renewable for up to the equivalent of four years of full-time grant payments.


Deadline Information

The Deadline date for The Cal Grant A award scholarship is on 2nd March 2020.

The applicants are required to submit all official transcripts on or before the mentioned date.


Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria to apply for the Cal Grant A Entitlement Award are:

  • The applicant must be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen.

  • The applicant must have graduated from high school in 2000-01.
  • The applicant must be a U.S. student.

  • The Applicant must be a high school senior at the time of application.

  • The applicant must be a resident of California.

  • The applicant must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

  • The applicant must meet the family income and asset requirements as determined by the state commission.

  • The applicant must plan to attend an eligible college or university in the state of California.

  • The applicant must plan to enroll on a part-time basis or greater in the future.

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