FAFSA + Verified GPA = a Cal Grant Application.

HOW TO APPLY - Information & forms

STEPS 1,2,3

Applying for a Cal Grant Takes Two Forms!  FAFSA + Your Verified GPA = a Cal Grant Application.  File your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and Cal Grant Grade Point Average (GPA) Verification form by the March 2 deadline for a Cal Grant – that’s money you don’t have to pay back.

You must apply by March 2 to maximize your opportunity to receive an award.

If you miss the March 2 Cal Grant deadline AND you plan to attend a community college in the fall, you have until September 2 to apply. However, the number of Cal Grant awards is limited.

Taking care of the details now will make it easier to apply for a Cal Grant by the deadline.
Get an e-mail address if you don’t have one. Make sure your e-mail address is current and entered correctly on your FAFSA and the resulting Student Aid Report (SAR), and don’t let your inbox get full.  Remember to check your bulk or junk mail folder before logging off.
Find out how your school will submit your verified Cal Grant GPA.  Start the process early to get your GPA submitted by the Cal Grant deadline. 
If your school does not submit your GPA for you, you must fill out a paper GPA Verification form that the school can sign. Don’t forget to mail the form after both you and your school sign it. 
Get a PIN, a personal identification number that lets you e-sign the FAFSA. If you’re a dependent student, ask one of your parents to get a PIN so they can sign your FAFSA.
Use this checklist to gather all your documents in preparation for filling out your FAFSA. Then complete the FAFSA on the Web worksheet to make it easier to complete the online FAFSA.

Determine how you will apply – online or on paper. Provide an e-mail address for a fast response.

Submit the two forms (FAFSA + GPA) for a Cal Grant by the deadline.

Starting January 1, file your FAFSA online. You can also download a PDF version of the FAFSA or call toll free 800-4FED-AID (800-433-3243) to have a paper FAFSA sent to you. 
Submit your verified GPA form.
For help, go to:

  • Your High School Counselor
  • Your Financial Aid Office at College or Career Technical School
  • California Cash for College Workshop where you could cash in on a $1,000 scholarship

Now that you've applied, check the status of your applications.
To check out the status of your Cal Grant, set up your WebGrants for Students account to access your information 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
If you submit your FAFSA online and provide an e-mail address, you may receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) within 72 hours.  The FAFSA paper process takes a few weeks.  Be sure to review your SAR right away for accuracy and follow the instructions to make corrections. You can check your SAR or make corrections online using your PIN.
If you have any questions,
e-mail them to studentsupport@csac.ca.gov or call 888-CA-GRANT