Can I get a Cal Grant if Iím going to a community college?

If you will be attending a California Community College in the fall and you missed the March 2nd Cal Grant application deadline, you have a second opportunity to apply for a Cal Grant by September 2nd. Since the number of awards available in September is limited, you should try to meet the March 2nd deadline.

If you receive a Cal Grant A but decide to attend a California Community College first, your award will be held in reserve for up to two years until you transfer to a four-year college (as a Cal Grant recipient, your community college fees will be waived and community colleges do not charge tuition). Be sure to inform the California Student Aid Commission of any address changes during this time. When you are ready to transfer, be sure to notify the Commission so that your Cal Grant eligibility can be re-evaluated. Also, let your new college know that you have a Cal Grant A Reserve Grant.

If you receive a Cal Grant B, you can use your living allowance to help pay for books and other community college costs. (If you do use your Cal grant at a community college, however, keep in mind that you will be using up Cal Grant eligibility that you may instead want to save if you are planning to transfer to a four-year college.)

If you are pursuing a career or technical education, you can use your Cal Grant C award to pay for books and supplies at a community college.

If you did not receive a Cal Grant for community college and plan on transferring to a four-year college, you may qualify for a Cal Grant Transfer Entitlement award to attend a four-year college.