Cal Grants

The Cal Grant program is administered by the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) to help low-income students attend college. 

For the 2013-2014 school year, the maximum Cal Grant B award will be $1,473 and the maximum Cal Grant C award will be $547. CSAC determines the initial eligibility for Cal Grant awards.

Cal Grant B Eligibility

  • You must be a California resident
  • You must be pursuing an undergraduate academic program of not less than one academic year
  • You must have financial need
  • You must have a high school diploma (this includes passing the California High School Exit Exam)
  • You must be enrolled in at least 6 units every semester in order to receive a Cal Grant disbursement
  • You must meet and maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress as defined by the Financial Aid Office

Cal Grant C Eligibility

  • You must be a California resident
  • You must be enrolled in a vocational program
  • You must have financial need
  • You must have a high school diploma (this includes passing the California High School Exit Exam)
  • You must be enrolled in at least 6 units every semester in order to receive a Cal Grant disbursement
  • You must meet and maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress as defined by the Financial Aid Office

Application Deadlines

March 2, 2013

This is the deadline date for high school students to apply for entitlement grants and for college students to apply for competitive grants. All students must file a 2013-2014 FAFSA and submit a GPA verification to CSAC by the deadline. City College students who have completed 24 transferable units will have their GPA automatically calculated and submitted to CSAC.

September 2, 2013

This is the deadline date for community college students only to apply for a competitive grant. All students must file a 2013-2014 FAFSA and submit a GPA verification to CSAC by the deadline. City College students who have completed 24 transferable units will have their GPA automatically calculated and submitted to CSAC.

Cal Grant Freeze Date

If you enroll in less than 12 units per semester your Cal Grant payment will be adjusted. Cal Grant disbursements will be based on your enrollment status as of a set date each semester, known as the "freeze date". If you add units after these dates you will not receive a payment increase or any additional payments.

If you are awarded during the semester and the semester "freeze date" has passed, your enrollment status will be determined and frozen based on the date of your actual disbursement. Please refer to the Payment Dates section on our website for more information and the specific Freeze date for each semester.


This page was last updated on June 10, 2013.