What are the Cal Grant A and B Competitive awards?

The Cal Grant A Competitive award and the Cal Grant B Competitive award are for students who are not graduating high school seniors or recent graduates. These awards are not guaranteed and only a limited number are available each year—half are set aside for students who apply by the March 2 deadline, and the other half are for California Community College students who meet the September 2 application deadline. Eligibility is geared toward nontraditional students—those who didnít go to college right after high school, donít depend on their family for financial support or are returning to college for career training— and takes into account not only GPA, but also time out of high school, family income, parentsí education levels, high school performance standards and other factors, such as whether the student comes from a single-parent household or was a foster youth.

If you fall into this category, youíll need to submit the FAFSA or CADAA and your verified Cal Grant GPA by the March 2 Cal Grant application deadline. In addition, you must:

  • demonstrate financial need
  • be attending or plan to attend a California Community College, University of California campus, California State University campus, a qualifying independent college or university or career college or technical or vocational school
  • be a U.S. citizen or an eligible noncitizen
  • be a California resident
  • not have a bachelor's or professional degree
  • not be in default on a state or federal student loan, or owe any refund on any state or federal grant

If you need help completing the forms, thereís free help available.