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To be eligible for and receive payment for

any Cal Grant award, a student must meet

the following requirements:

• Be a U.S. citizen, or an eligible noncitizen or

AB 540 eligible

• Be a California resident or AB 540 eligible

• Attend a Cal Grant participating California college

or university

• Demonstrate financial need at his or her college

• Have family income and assets below the ceilings

• Have met U.S. Selective Service requirements

• Be in a program leading to an undergraduate

degree, certificate, or first professional degree

• Not have a bachelor’s or professional degree

before receiving a Cal Grant (except for

extended Cal Grant A or B awards, or

teaching credential programs)

• Maintain satisfactory academic progress

• Not owe a refund on any state or federal

educational grant

• Not be in default on any student loan

• Not be incarcerated




CADAA is a gateway to state, campus and private

financial aid for certain documented and eligible

undocumented students

Certain documented and eligible undocumented students

should complete the California Dream Act Application

(CADAA). The CADAA mirrors the FAFSA, only it’s for students

who don’t have a permanent Social Security number.

CADAA application information is confidential – it is NEVER

shared with the federal government, homeland security, or

immigration and customs enforcement. CADAA students and

their parents are protected by the same privacy

and information security laws and safeguards as all other

Cal Grant applicants.

In 2011, California began allowing undocumented and

documented students who meet certain requirements to apply

for and receive state financial aid and private scholarships

administered by California public colleges and universities.

award, the Cal Grant can be received for up to four years,

but students must apply and enroll in an accredited and

qualified California community college, university, career,

technical, or vocational education program.

Students who apply for a Cal Grant may also qualify for

other state aid such as CalWorks, the Chafee Grant for

Foster Youth, the California Community Colleges Board of

Governors (BOG) Fee Waiver, University of California (UC),

and California State University (CSU) campus-based public

scholarships, and private scholarships.

Go online and complete the FAFSA or CADAA between

October 1 and March 2 of your senior year in high school

or within one year after graduation or completion of your

General Education Development test (GED), High School

Equivalency test (HiSET), Test Assessing Secondary

Completion (TASC) or the California High School Proficiency

Exam (CHSPE).* A school verified Grade Point Average (GPA)

form completes a Cal Grant application.

In-person help is available for FAFSA or CADAA applicants

at local Cash for College Workshops throughout California

in October and February. For dates and locations,


Join the conversation: #CalGrants

*Students can submit an SAT, ACT, or General Education

Development test (GED), High School Equivalency test

(HiSET), Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) or

the California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE) score

instead of their GPA. The FAFSA or CADAA and GPA (or

equivalent) must be submitted by the March 2 deadline

to be considered for a Cal Grant. Students applying for a

Competitive Cal Grant, there is a September 2 deadline for

attending a California community college.