Cal Grants

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

For the 2014-2015 school year, the maximum Cal Grant B award will be $1,648 and the maximum Cal Grant C award will be $547. CSAC determines the initial award amount for students awarded a Cal Grant.

Cal Grant B Eligibility

  • You must be a California resident
  • You must have financial need
  • You must verify your high school graduation status through WebGrants including passing the California High School Exit Exam if you are a California graduate
  • You must submit your high school or college GPA, GED test scores, SAT or ACT test scores
  • You must be pursuing an undergraduate academic program leads to a degree and follow an Educational Plan prepared by a SDCCD counselor 
  • 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 have financial need
  • You must submit your Supplemental application from CSAC by the appropriate deadline
  • You must verify your high school graduation status through WebGrants including passing the California High School Exit Exam if you are a California graduate
  • You must be enrolled in a vocational program and follow a vocational Educational Plan that leads to an undergraduate degree or certificate
  • 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, 2014

This is the deadline date for high school students to apply for entitlement Cal Grants and for continuing college students to apply for a Competitive Cal Grant. Students must file a 2014-2015 FAFSA or a 2014-2015 CA Dream Act application and submit a GPA verification to CSAC by the deadline. City College students who have completed at least 16 transferable units will have their GPA automatically calculated and submitted to CSAC.

September 2, 2014

This is the deadline date for community college students only to apply for a Competitive Cal Grant. Students must file a 2014-2015 FAFSA and submit a GPA verification to CSAC by the deadline. City College students who have completed at least 16 transferable units will have their GPA automatically calculated and submitted to CSAC.

Cal Grant payment 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.

Manage your Cal Grant

You are encouraged to manage your Cal Grant award by going to www.webgrants4students.org. On the website you can:

  • Report a school change if you enroll in a different college
  • Report a Leave of Absence if you are unable to attend or you are enrolled in less than 6 units

By keeping CSAC updated with your status, you will assure that your semester(s) award percentage is not lost and that you will not be deleted from the Cal Grant roster the following school year.

This page was last updated on July 21, 2014.