Students are automatically considered for a California State Cal Grant A, B, or C when they file the FAFSA application prior to March 2nd of the previous school year, and indicate that they are a California Resident, as long as a GPA verification is filed.
Community college students who missed the March 2nd deadline can still file a FAFSA by September 2nd and GPA verification and will be considered for a competitive Community College Cal Grant. Complete the GPA verification before September 2nd.
Cal Grants are need-based grants provided by the State of California. To qualify, a student must be a California resident, be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, obtain a social security number and be attending (or plan to attend) an eligible institution in California. Awarding of grants is based on financial need and academic performance, and funds are limited.
A student may receive only one Cal Grant, either Cal Grant A, B or C. The three grants are targeted to assist three distinct groups of applicants and are mutually exclusive.
Student Success Completion Grant
The Student Success Completion Grant (SSCG) is a grant that is given to eligible Cal Grant B and Cal Grant C students that are enrolled full-time (12 or more units). Students can receive $649 per semester when enrolled in 12-14.5 units. Students enrolled in 15 or more units per semester can receive $2,000.