A grant is a type of financial aid that you don’t need to pay back. The amount of grant money awarded to you is based on demonstrated financial need (which is decided by your FAFSA application). To apply for any grant, you must first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Types of Grants
Federal Pell Grants
A Federal Pell Grant is provided by the U.S. Department of Education to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's or professional degree yet. (In rare cases, students enrolled in a post-baccalaureate teacher certificate program may also qualify for a Pell Grant.) Unlike loans, a Pell Grant does not have to be repaid except under certain circumstances. Your eligibility and the amount you'll receive is based on: Your financial need The calculated cost of attendance Your current course load (whether you're going to school full-time or part-time) The amount of the award varies every academic year and you cannot receive a Federal Pell Grant award from more than one school at a time. A student can receive Federal Pell Grant for no more than six award years (also known as 600%).
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG) are awarded to undergraduate students in exceptional need of financial aid. Funds for the grant are extremely limited and will only be awarded on a first-come-first-served basis. Pell Grant recipients also take priority.
A Cal Grant award is money for college which students will not need to repay. To qualify, students must meet specific eligibility and financial requirements, as well as any GPA requirements. Eligibility is based on the student's FAFSA responses, their verified Cal Grant GPA, their residency, and whether they're a recent high school graduate or not. There are three types of Cal Grant:
- Cal Grant A is for students at California colleges or universities where all students are required to pay tuition. Students cannot use a Cal Grant A at a community college. During a student's time at a community college, this award will be held in reserve for two years.
- Cal Grant B requires a minimum GPA of 2.0 and provides a living allowance for first-year students to help with college costs. The grant is primarily awarded to students with disadvantaged backgrounds.
- Cal Grant C assists students with the costs of a technical or career education. The grant is only available for up to two years - the length of a technical/certification program. Although a GPA is not required to apply, students are still encouraged to submit it as it will only help their chances of receiving the award.
In order to accept a Cal Grant award, you must log into the WebGrants 4 Students website after receiving your California Aid Report (CAR).
Student Success Completion Grant
The Student Success Completion Grant is funded from the state. The program’s primary goal is to support students in completing their community college education by enrolling in 12+ units per semester. Students eligible will include those that receive the Cal Grant, maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress and are enrolled in 12+ units. Students enrolled in 15+ units will receive a higher award. For even more information on the grant, please visit this page.