Can I get a Cal Grant if Iím seeking vocational or career training?

Yes. Cal Grant C awards provide assistance with tuition and training costs if youíre pursuing a career or technical/vocational education. Funding is available for up to two years, depending on the length of the program. Your program of study must be at least four months long. A few four-year colleges and universities may also offer vocational studies. You will need to check with your institution to see if it participates in the Cal Grant C program. Even though a GPA is not required to apply for a Cal Grant C, youíre still encouraged to submit yours because it can only help your chances of receiving an award.

Cal Grant C award amounts are determined through the annual state budget process. For 2017-18, awards are up to $1,094 for training-related costs and up to $2,462 for tuition assistance if you attend a school other than a California Community College (community colleges donít charge tuition and your fees will be waived as a Cal Grant recipient).

If you list an occupational or technical program or school on your FAFSA or CADAA and you donít receive a Cal Grant A or B, you will be considered potentially eligible to receive a Cal Grant C award. In that case, by early May youíll receive an e-mail or letter notification to complete the Cal Grant C Supplement online in WebGrants for Students. You will have 30 days from the date of notification to complete this form to be further considered for a Cal Grant C award. If you are unable to complete the Cal Grant C Supplement online, contact Student Support for assistance in completing the Supplement Form at 1-888-224-7268.

The Cal Grant C award notifications will be sent by the end of June.

Special Note: If youíre a current Cal Grant C recipient and wish to be considered for a Cal Grant A or B, you must complete the G-10 Grant Record Change Form and submit a clear written reason for your wish to withdraw from the Cal Grant C program by January 1 and submit both the FAFSA and your verified Cal Grant GPA by the March 2 application deadline. You may submit your request to withdraw from the Cal Grant C program to the Commission at:

California Student Aid Commission
Program Administration and Services Division
P.O. Box 419028
Rancho Cordova CA 95741-9028

Please use caution when withdrawing from the Cal Grant C award. If you withdraw from the Cal Grant C program, your withdrawal is irrevocable and thereís no guarantee youíll receive a Cal Grant A or B. Please make sure you talk with your collegeís financial aid administrator before withdrawing from the Cal Grant C program.


Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Cal Grant C & SB 451

4. Can the Cal Grant C Supplement be submitted online?
    Yes. Just as in prior years, students identified with potential Cal Grant C eligibility will receive notification to complete the Cal Grant C Supplement online in WebGrants for Students (WGS). If students are unable to complete the Cal Grant C Supplement Form online, they should contact Student Support at 1-888-224-7268 to receive assistance. The student notifications are sent either through email or regular mail depending on the contact information available.
6. When is the deadline for students to submit the Cal Grant C Supplement Form?
    The applicant will have 30 days from the date of notification to provide the information online via WebGrants For Students (www.webgrants4students.org). A good rule of thumb is June 30.