State-sponsored grants are a form of financial aid that doesn't have to be repaid. Consider them "free money" to put toward the cost of your education. Students are required complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply for most state grants.
Cal Grant A & B
Cal Grant A is a state-sponsored program designed to assist low and middle-income students with tuition and fees. Cal Grant A is awarded to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's degree or professional degree.
Cal Grant B provides a living allowance and tuition assistance for low-income students. Awards for most first-year students are limited to an allowance for books and living expenses. When renewed or awarded beyond the freshman year, Cal Grant B also helps pay for tuition and fees. The awards for tuition and fees are the same as those for Cal Grant A. For Cal Grant B, your coursework must last at least one academic year.
Students interested in applying for a first-time Cal Grant must file a FAFSA and a GPA Verification Form by March 2 prior to the start of the next academic year. Applicants who are ineligible to file the FAFSA due to citizenship status should file the California Dream Act application by March 2 for Cal grant consideration. Current students with a Cal Grant award who wish to renew their eligibility must file a FAFSA renewal (available online beginning January 1) or California Dream Act application (if ineligible to file the FAFSA) by March 2 prior to the start of the next academic year. Please keep in mind that the University of San Francisco FAFSA priority deadline for new undergraduates is February 1, which is earlier than the March 2 deadline for Cal grants. The California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) will determine eligibility for renewal of a Cal Grant award each year.
Learn more about the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) or call 1-888-224-7268.