How do you qualify for a grant (aka free money)?
Apply for the FAFSA, CA Dream Act, or Chafee Grant. California has one of the country’s most generous state aid programs in the nation!
- Cal Grant: 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. Visit https://www.csac.ca.gov/cal-grants for more information.
- State University Grant: The State University Grant (SUG) program provides need-based awards to eligible undergraduate and graduate/post baccalaureate students who are California residents or otherwise determined as eligible, such as AB 540-eligible students. When you apply for financial aid via the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application (CADAA) you are considered for a SUG by your campus. Visit https://www2.calstate.edu/attend/paying-for-college/financial-aid/types/Pages/state-university-grant-program.aspx for more information.
- Pell Grant: Pell Grants are awarded to students with demonstrated financial need who haven’t earned a bachelor’s, associates, or professional degree. Visit https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/types/grants-scholarships/pell for more information.
- California Chafee Grant for Foster Youth: If you are or were in California’s foster care system, you could receive up to $5,000 annually for career or technical training or college. Visit: https://chafee.csac.ca.gov/ for more information.
Want more grant information? Ask the schools you have been accepted to for more information, also, visit https://www2.calstate.edu/attend/paying-for-college/financial-aid/types/pages/grants.aspx