Students who have not attained a Bachelor’s Degree or its equivalent are automatically considered for a Federal Pell Grant when they file the FAFSA. If you receive an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of 5198 or less on the Student Aid Report (SAR) you may be eligible for a Pell award (provided you meet other eligibility requirements). Less than half-time students have a much lower EFC cut-off to be eligible for a grant. Awards for students are prorated based on enrollment status:

• Full-time 12 or more units
• Three-quarter time 9 - 11.5 units
• Half-time 6 - 8.5 units
• Less than half .5 - 5.5 units
Awards range from: $581- $5,775 

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FSEOG is a grant award made to students with exceptional need. Because funds are limited, students who apply early and are eligible for the Pell Grant receive first priority consideration for FSEOG. Students are automatically considered for FSEOG when they complete the FAFSA by the March 2 priority date. Awards for less than full-time (12 units) are prorated based on enrollment level.

Awards range from: $400 to $800


Cal Grants are for California residents only. They are awarded by the California Student Aid Commission for attendance in schools in California only. Awards are based on financial need and academic performance. If eligible for a Cal Grant A, this grant is put on reserve while attending a California community college, as a Cal Grant eligible resident of this State is not charged tuition. Cal Grant A will pay for tuition charges only. The Cal Grant B is awarded to college students who have limited income and meet the State defined standards of disadvantageness. Cal Grant C is awarded to students enrolled in vocational programs. Students who appear to be eligible to receive a Cal Grant C will receive a supplemental form to complete. You must file the FAFSA or Dream Application AND submit a Cal Grant GPA Verification Form to the California Student Aid Commission by March 2. Many schools submit the Cal Grant GPA Verification for their students – please check and make sure or file the form yourself after having your school complete the GPA verification section. New Entitlement recipients must create a Webgrants account and verify their high school completion AND claim their award by selecting the college they'll be attending.

There is a second award deadline for California Community College students on September 2, each year. If awarded a Cal Grant, you must be enrolled at least half-time (6 units) to receive your grant. Awards for less than full-time (12 units) are prorated based on enrollment level.

Maximum awards for students attending community college are:
Cal Grant B $1,672
Cal Grant C $1,094

** The Cal Grant A and Cal Grant T are for students attending 4-year colleges and universities. For additional information about these programs, please go to the


The Chafee Grant provides up to $5,000 per year to current or former foster youth to use for career and technical training or college courses. The Chafee Grant does not have to be paid back and you can use it for your cost of living or school expenses. (The Chafee Grant Program, also known as the Education and Training Voucher (ETV), is a federally funded program and is subject to availability of federal funds each year.) To be eligible for a Chafee, you must have been in foster care for at least one day between your 16th and 18th birthday, be enrolled in at least 6.0 units (half time) and have not yet reached your 22nd birthday by July 1st of the award year.

Maximum Annual Award: $5,000

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