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Cal Grant

Program Description

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.

Deadline

The deadline date for high school students to apply for entitlement grants and for university transfer students to apply for transfer entitlement grants is March 2nd.

To Apply

All students must file a FAFSA or CA Dream Act application (if you are a DACA student or a student without legal citizenship status ion the U.S.) 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. Follow this link to access the 2017-18 Cal Grant Verification Form.

Amounts

Cal Grant B Cal Grant C

This grant pays up to $1,672 per year.  To be eligible, in addition to meeting federal aid requirements, a student must:

  • Be a California resident or an eligible AB540 student
  • 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 or equivalent
  • Be enrolled in at least 6 units

This grant pays up to $1,094 per year.  To be eligible, in addition to meeting federal aid requirements, a student must:

  • Be a California resident or an eligible AB540 student
  • Not have a bachelor's or professional degree
  • Declared a vocational program (career/technical) major and enrolled in classes for the program
  • Have remaining financial need
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • 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 2017-2018 FAFSA or CA Dream application and a completed GPA Verification Form to California Student Aid Commission by March 2, 2017. Follow the instructions below to determine which school verifies your GPA on the 2017-2018 Verification Form.

  • If you earned less than 16 college semester units prior to Spring 2017, 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 2017 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.

Cal Grant High School Entitlement Award Claiming Process

Eligible students are required to complete specific requirements on their WebGrants Students (WGS) account to claim their award. Follow this link to access your WGS account.

Confirmation of school attendance: Students have the capability to select the "Confirmation of School of Attendance" link in WGS to confirm the school whey will attend during the 2017-2018 academic year.

High School Graduation Confirmation: Beginning the first day of the month of the student's graduation, students will have the capability to select the "Submit High School Graduation Confirmation" link in WGS to confirm high school graduation.

Follow this link to watch a step-by-step video for this more help.

For More Information

Follow this link to access the WebGrants for Students (WGS) website, which allows you to manage 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.