Federal Pell Grant
A federal grant program awarded to "exceptionally needy" undergraduates who seek to earn a bachelor's degree. Award amounts are set by the federal government based on financial need and enrollment status.
Awards range from $555 to $5,550 for full-time students; award amounts for part-time students are set in proportion to the number of enrolled units. Recipients should be in good academic standing. (Learn more about the gender/ethnic diversity of our full-time Pell Grant recipients.)
New: Federal Pell Grant Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU)
Students are now limited to a lifetime maximum Federal Pell Grant of 12 semesters/6 years or full time equivalent (600 percent) at any community college, vocational school or four year/bachelor program. This change affects all new and continuing CCA students who receive Pell Grants.
Once you have reached the 600 percent Pell LEU, you will be ineligible for any additional Pell Grant funding beginning in the 2012-13 school year. For more information, please review the What's New in 2013-14 section of our financial information.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
A federal grant program that is available to undergraduates with demonstrated financial need who seek to earn a bachelor's degree and are Pell Grant recipients. Priority is given to full-time Pell Grant recipients with significant financial need. CCA policy prohibits Cal Grant recipients from receiving FSEOG. (Recipients should be in good academic standing. Awards range from $500 to $2,000 per year.)
Cal Grant A
This program provides tuition and fee assistance to undergraduate California residents who seek to earn a bachelor's degree. Awards are based on cumulative GPA and financial need. Qualifying students can receive grants up to $9,084, renewable up to four years.
Continuing Cal Grant A recipients must file a FAFSA each year, maintain a minimum cumulative 3.0 grade point average and meet the income and asset requirements as determined by the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) each year.
Continuing recipients are not required to resubmit verification of their grade point average to the California Student Aid Commission each year. Recipients must maintain good academic standing, in addition to ongoing financial need.
Cal Grant B
A program that provides a living allowance stipend and tuition and fee assistance to undergraduate California residents who seek to earn a bachelor's degree. Awards are based on cumulative GPA and significant financial need. Recipients are generally from disadvantaged economic/educational backgrounds.
Awards for first-year students provide up to $1,473 for books and living expenses. When renewed or applied beyond the first year, awards also include tuition and fee assistance of up to $9,084.
Continuing Cal Grant B recipients must file a FAFSA each year, maintain a minimum cumulative 2.0 grade point average and meet the income and asset requirements as determined by the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) each year.
Continuing recipients are not required to resubmit verification of their grade point average to the California Student Aid Commission each year. Continuing Cal Grant recipients must maintain good academic standing, in addition to ongoing financial need.
Cal Grants & Institutional Aid
Students who are awarded a Cal Grant after receiving their initial financial aid award letter should anticipate a revised award letter with reduced institutional scholarship assistance.
New: Changes to Cal Grant Award Amounts
The Cal Grant information presented here is subject to change at any time based on California state funding for educational assistance programs. Changes to Cal Grant funding may affect your overall aid package. If this situation applies, you should anticipate a revised award letter that takes the new award information into account.
The California Student Aid Commission provides additional information about Cal Grant awards.
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