Cal Grant

Funded by the State of California and administered by the CALIFORNIA STUDENT AID COMMISSION, a Cal Grant is money for school that you don’t have to pay back!

What is a Cal Grant?

Cal Grants are one of the smartest ways to get cash for college. For starters, it’s money you don’t have to pay back. If you’re a graduating high school senior or recent graduate, meet academic, financial and eligibility requirements and submit two forms by the Cal Grant deadline, March 2nd, you may receive a Cal Grant!
Official Cal Grant Website

Am I eligible?

To be eligible for a Cal Grant you must:

  • Submit the FAFSA and your verified Cal Grant GPA by the deadline March 2nd*
  • Have been a California resident when you graduated from high school
  • Have financial need based on your college costs
  • Have family income and assets below the established ceilings
  • Meet any minimum GPA requirements (Note: CSAC uses cumulative GPA up to end of Jr. Year)
  • Be enrolled at least half time
  • Have registered with U.S. Selective Service (most males)
  • Not owe a refund on a state or federal grant or be in default on a student loan

Please visit the California Student Aid Commission for a comprehensive list of eligibility requirements.

When can I apply?

You can apply for a Cal Grant at any one of these four times:

  • As a high school senior.
  • Within one year after you graduate high school.
  • As a community college transfer student (under the age of 28).
  • Within one year of getting your GED.

The Cal Grants Application has detailed information that can assist in determining if you could be eligible to receive Cal Grant.

How do I apply?

Who will notify me of the award?

Once your data is confirmed by the CALIFORNIA STUDENT AID COMMISSION, they will notify you and The Master’s University of your award. Only the CALIFORNIA STUDENT AID COMMISSION has the authority to make an official Cal Grant award offer.


  • Important dates and tasks
  • Contact the California Student Aid Commission to confirm you have met all eligibility requirements.
  • Monitor your award at

    Contact the California Student Aid Commission

    • Telephone: Toll-free (888) 224-7268
    • E-mail:

    Please be advised that any Cal Grant award offer is tentative and subject to the final approval of the State Budget Act.

    *You are responsible to make sure that your high school has submitted your grades to the California Student Aid Commission.  Ask your high school registrar what your school's procedure is.