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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.  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 

Cal Grant GPA Verification

If you are a California resident or eligible AB540 student and did not receive a Cal Grant in previous years, you must submit a 2014-2015 FAFSA or CA Dream application and a completed GPA Verification Form to California Student Aid Commission by March 2, 2014. Follow the instructions below to determine which school verifies your GPA on the 2014-2015 Verification Form.

  • If you earned less than 16 college semester units prior to Spring 2014, then you must submit the GPA Verification Form to your high school for verification. Check with your high school for their deadlines to submit the form.
       
  • If you earned 16 or more college semester units, including at least 1 unit at SWC prior to Spring 2014 and have submitted your high school graduation date as well as all of your official transcripts, then SWC will automatically send your cumulative GPA to the California Student Aid Commission electronically. You do not need to submit a GPA Verification Form. 
  • If you have completed 16 units but DO NOT have your high school graduation date on file with SWC or have not submitted all of your official transcripts and had them evaluated, then you must manually complete a GPA Verification Form with the Financial Aid Office.
  • If you completed your high school education with a GED, a copy of your certificate must be submitted along with the GPA Verification form and mailed to the Student Aid Commission.

 

 

 

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: 9/8/2014 7:39:30 PM