10 Things Parents Need To Know About Cal Grants

1.Your student can go to college with the help of Cal Grants – that’s up to $12,192* of free money annually! *Amount varies depending upon the eligible school that your student attends.
2.Cal Grants are good at all UCs, CSUs, community colleges and many eligible private, career and technical schools in California. Check for eligible schools at www.csac.ca.gov.
3.Students applying for a Cal Grant must graduate from a California high school with at least a 2.0 grade point average (GPA).

4.Gather your family year-end income and financial information for both you and your student so that you can file your FAFSA or California Dream Act Application early.
5.Beginning in January of your student’s senior year, go to www.fafsa.gove to complete and submit the Free Application for Federal student Aid (FAFSA). California Dream Act students should go to www.caldreamact.org to complete a California Dream Act Application.

6.Your student may file a FAFSA or California Dream Act Application anytime during the year, but to be eligible for the most financial aid, meet the March 2** Cal Grant deadline. **When a state deadline falls on a Saturday, Sunday or holiday, applications will be accepted through the next working day.
7.Get help completing the FAFSA or California Dream Act Application at a Cash for College workshop

(January 1 thru March 2) and your student could cash in on an extra $1,000 scholarship. To find a workshop near you, visit www.calgrants.org.
8.Submit a school-verified Cal Grant GPA by the March 2 deadline.

This is handled by the school, but you must be sure they send it out!
9.A California law gives your student more time to pass the Exit Exam to receive a Cal Grant, so make sure your student applies by March 2.

10.For more information about applying to college and getting financial aid, visit www.calgrants.org and www.californiacollegs.edu.

-Cuesta College flyer, October 2015

NCPS can also help with all your financial aid filing!!! Visit www.ncpsfamily.com for more information or call Kelly Gomez at 805-624-7800 x104.