What does “low score” mean?

A limited number of Cal Grant A and B Competitive awards are available and so not everyone who applies will receive one. Half of the awards are set aside for qualified students who apply by the March 2nd deadline and half are for qualified students who will be attending a California Community College and apply by the September 2nd deadline.

If you received this letter, it’s because your total "score" was below the minimum total required to receive a Cal Grant. Competitive Cal Grant applicants are scored based on criteria from their FAFSA or CADAA and their GPA. From the FAFSA and CADDA your score is comprised of the following: family income and size of household, parents' and applicant’s education background, time out of high school, high school performance standards, and other factors, such as whether the applicant comes from a single-parent household or is a former foster youth. Points are assigned uniformly to all applicants in each area. Based on the information you provided on your FAFSA or CADAA, the sum of your points was lower than the cut-off score for the entire applicant pool.

NOTE: Please be aware that these scores are final. We cannot make corrections once they have been calculated, so it is imperative that you review your FAFSA and CADAA submissions for any errors before the March 2nd and September 2nd deadlines.