Why am I only getting the Cal Grant B even though I qualify for Cal Grant A

A student may meet the eligibility requirements for both the Cal Grant A and Cal Grant B programs. However, California Education Code allows a student to accept and be paid only one type of Cal Grant award at a time. Cal Grants pay different amounts, dependent on whether the student is attending a UC, CSU, community college or private institution. Cal Grant A pays the same tuition & fee amount each year for up to four years. Cal Grant B pays a smaller amount the freshman year and higher amounts thereafter, up to four years of total payments.

2018-19 Award Amounts

Cal Grant A (per year):

  • pays up to $12,630 at University of California,
  • $5,742 at California State University,
  • $9,084 at qualifying private California colleges,
  • or $4,000 at non-WASC accredited for-profit institutions.

If you attend a California community college, your Cal Grant A is held on reserve until transfer.

Cal Grant B (per year):

  • $1,672 stipend your first year for books and supplies, then increases after the first year to total the stipend amount plus tuition and statewide fees, in the same amount as Cal Grant A listed above at the respective school.

Cal Grant A pays the same amount each year for up to four years. Cal Grant B pays a smaller amount the freshman year and higher amounts thereafter, up to four years of total payments.

For example: Cal Grant B vs A at UC

Grant Type Freshman Sophmore Junior Senior Total Award
A. Tuition $12,630 $12,630 $12,630 $12,630 $50,520
B- Cash aid
     Tuition
$1,672
$0
$1,672
+$12,630
$1,672
+$12,630
$1,672
+$12,630
$44,578


For example: Cal Grant B vs A at CSU

Grant Type Freshman Sophmore Junior Senior Total Award
A. Tuition $5,742 $5,742 $5,742 $5,742 $22,968
B- Cash aid
     Tuition
$1,672
$0
$1,672
+$5,742
$1,672
+$5,742
$1,672
+$5,742
$23,914

If you feel it would be in your best interest to switch from the Cal Grant B to the Cal Grant A, please contact your Financial Aid Advisor (FAA) at your school. CSAC requires the student to meet with their FAA who will review the student's financial aid package to see if it would be in the student's best interest to switch Cal Grant programs. Some factors that the FAA might consider are tuition-only scholarships, tuition remissions, veterans' benefits, or other sources of funding, prior to switching from a Cal Grant award.