A Cal Grant is money for college you don’t have to pay back. To qualify, you must apply for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application (CADAA) by the deadline and meet the eligibility and financial requirements as well as any minimum GPA requirements. Cal Grants can be used at any University of California, California State University or California Community College, as well as qualifying independent and career colleges or technical schools in California.
There are three kinds of Cal Grants — A, B and C — but you don’t have to figure out which one to apply for. Your eligibility will be based on your FAFSA or CADAA responses, your verified Cal Grant GPA, the type of California colleges you list on your FAFSA and whether you’re a recent high school graduate. To learn more see these Eligibility Requirements. (From: https://www.csac.ca.gov/cal-grants)
California Chafee Grants for Foster Youth
If you are or were in foster care for at least one day, between the ages of 16 and 18 as a dependent or ward of the court and have financial need, you may qualify for up to $5,000 a year for career and technical training or college. You don’t have to pay this money back. You may also be able to use your grant to help pay for child care, transportation and rent while you’re in school. You can use your Chafee Grant at any eligible California college or university or career or technical school, as well as schools in other states. For more information visit the California Student Aid Commission.
California Dream Act
"The California Dream Act Application allows students interested in attending eligible California Colleges, Universities and Career Education Programs to apply for state financial aid. This application is unrelated to the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program."
Dreamers are eligible to apply for the following: CalGrants, Chafee grants, Middle Class Scholarship grants, UC grants. CSU grants, CCC BPG Fee Waiver, EOP/EOPS, some university and some private scholarships administered by campuses.
The Law Enforcement Personnel Dependents Grant Program
For Eligible LEPD Undergraduates
The Law Enforcement Personnel Dependents Grant Program provides need-based educational grants to dependents and spouses of: California peace officers (Highway Patrol, marshals, sheriffs, police officers), Department of Corrections and California Youth Authority employees, and permanent/full-time firefighters employed by public entities who have been killed in the performance of duty or 100% disabled as a result of an accident or injury caused by external violence or physical force incurred in the performance of duty.
Grant awards match the amount of a Cal Grant award and range from $100 to $12,192 for up to four years.
Applications are accepted throughout the academic year. (From: https://www.csac.ca.gov/law-enforcement-personnel-dependents-grant-program-lepd)
Two Other California education grants
California National Guard Education Assistance Award Program (CNG EAAP) at https://nationalguard.csac.ca.gov/
The Middle Class Scholarship for UC & CSU students at https://www.csac.ca.gov/middle-class-scholarship
Web Grants for Students (WGS)
Resources, information and tools needed to assist you with the college financial aid process. WGS will allow you to manage your Cal Grant and/or Chafee account(s) online by letting you view updates, make school changes, make address changes, make corrections, and post leave-of-absence requests. It is important for you to understand that your WGS account does not replace your School or FAFSA accounts. Each account must be monitored and managed independently.
Other Financial Aid Resources
WGS links that may assist you with other financial aid and resources for students can be found on the California Student Aid Commission's WebGrant4Students page.
California College Promise Grant
A financial aid program that provides fee waivers for California residents. Submit your FAFSA and check the link for more information. https://www.mendocino.edu/california-college-promise-grant
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