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Cal Grant Application Deadline Set for March 2nd

calgrantThe California Student Aid Commission is officially starting to accept applications for the Cal Grant program. Students who qualify for this program can receive up to $9,700 per year to attend any public California college and most private and independent colleges. The Cal Grants can cover tuition, books, living expenses, and other necessary classroom supplies.

To be eligible for a Cal Grant students must:

  • Submit the FAFSA and your verified Cal Grant GPA by the deadline
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen (your parents don’t need to be citizens or eligible non-citizens)
  • Be a California resident when you graduated from high school
  • Have a Social Security number
  • Attend a qualifying California college
  • Not have a bachelor’s or professional degree (except for Cal Grant A and B extended awards for a teaching credential program)
  • Have financial need based on your college costs
  • Have family income and assets below the established ceilings
  • Meet any minimum GPA requirements
  • Be in a program leading to an undergraduate degree or certificate
  • 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

You can apply for a Cal Grant Entitlement Award in one of four ways:

  1. Within one year after you graduate. So, even if you have to go straight to work before going to college, you don’t have to miss out on a Cal Grant.
  2. As a community college transfer student, as long as you are under the age of 28.
  3. As a high school senior.
  4. Within one year of getting your GED.

Instructions to apply for this FREE education money can be found here. If you know of anyone that may qualify for this program, please use the share tab below to forward this information onto them.

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