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Cal Grants are state-funded, need-based, cash grants given to California college students to help pay for college expenses.  Students at Southwestern College may receive either a Cal Grant B or C.  Initial eligibility is made by the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) which establishes income, asset and GPA requirements annually.

The deadline date for high school students to apply for entitlement grants and for university transfer students to apply for competitive grants is March 2nd. All students must file a FAFSA and submit a GPA verification to CSAC by the deadline.  IVC students who have completed 16 degree applicable units will have their GPA automatically calculated and submitted to CSAC.  Community college students wishing to apply for a competitive grant also have a second filing deadline of September 2nd.

Cal Grant B

This grant pays up to $1,473 per year.  To be eligible, in addition to meeting federal aid requirements, a student must:

  • Be a California resident
  • Not have a bachelor's or professional degree
  • Be pursuing an undergraduate academic program of not less than one academic year
  • Have remaining financial need
  • Have a high school diploma
  • Be enrolled in at least 6 units

Cal Grant C

This grant pays up to $547 per year.  To be eligible, in addition to meeting federal aid requirements, a student must:

  • Be a California resident
  • Not have a bachelor's or professional degree
  • Be enrolled in a vocational program
  • Have remaining financial need
  • Have a high school diploma
  • Be enrolled in at least 6 units 

For more information on Cal Grants and other programs administered by CSAC please visit:
www.csac.ca.gov or visit the Financial Aid office in the Cesar Chavez Building, 1st floor.


Last updated: 7/1/2013 8:54:58 PM