Students are automatically considered for a California State Cal Grant A, B, or C when they file the FAFSA application prior to March 2nd of the previous school year, and indicate that they are a California Resident, as long as a GPA verification is filed.
Community college students who missed the March 2nd deadline can still file a FAFSA by September 2nd and GPA verification and will be considered for a competitive Community College Cal Grant. Complete the GPA verification before September 2nd.
To watch a video explaining the details of the Cal Grant, click here.
Cal Grants are need-based grants provided by the State of California. To qualify, a student must be a California resident, be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, obtain a social security number and be attending (or plan to attend) an eligible institution in California. Awarding of grants is based on financial need and academic performance, and funds are limited.
A student may receive only one Cal Grant, either Cal Grant A, B or C. The three grants are targeted to assist three distinct groups of applicants and are mutually exclusive.
Cal Grant A
Provides tuition assistance for a student attending a four-year institution. Cal Grant A pays full enrollment fees at a CSU or UC. If you qualify for a Cal Grant A but choose to attend a California community college before transferring, you can reserve your award for up to three years until you transfer to a tuition/fee charging college, provided you continue to qualify.
Cal Grant B
Cal B is awarded to very low-income students with a minimum 2.0 GPA.
Cal Grant B provides a living allowance ($1672/year) for very low-income students at a California Community College. The enrollment status of the student i.e. full time, three-quarter time or half-time will proportionately affect the amount of money actually received.
More than half of all new Cal Grant B awards are for students who will be attending a California community college. When renewed by second, third and fourth-year students at a four-year institution, a Cal Grant B will also cover all or most of tuition and fee costs at a CSU or UC.
Cal Grant C
Cal Grant C is awarded to community college students majoring in vocational, occupational, or technical programs. The grant is $1094/year; the enrollment status of the student i.e. full time, three-quarter time or half-time will proportionately affect the amount of money received by eligible students.
Student Success Completion Grant.
The Student Success Completion Grant (SSCG) is a grant that is given to eligible students receiving Cal Grant B or Cal Grant C and who are enrolled full-time (12 or more units). Students must also be making satisfactory academic progress (SAP) and be a California resident or be exempt from paying nonresident tuition in order to receive this grant. If a student is enrolled in 12-14.99 units for a term, they will receive $649 per semester. If a student is enrolled in 15 or more units, they will receive $2000 per semester.
For more information about the SSCG, click here.
For more information about state grants, please visit the financial aid office.
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Cal Grant GPA Verification Procedures
For September 2nd deadline
In general, our college is able to provide a GPA Verification ONLY if you completed 16 units (this does NOT include Basic skills or ESL courses) prior to Fall term. All currently attending Berkeley City College students who completed 16 or more units (not including Basic Skills or ESL) prior to Fall term will be automatically certified electronically. Do not submit an individual form as it will not be completed. Students who have already been awarded a Cal Grant for a previous year need only refile a FAFSA form, not a GPA verification form.
You should complete a paper GPA verification form if:
- You completed less than 16 units of non-basic skills or ESL classes at Berkeley City College or any other college prior to Fall; you must request a GPA verification directly from your high school.
- Your combined units from Berkeley City College and a prior college are between 16 – 24 units prior to Fall. You must submit your official transcript from the prior college to the Berkeley City College counseling office, a combined GPA will be calculated for you by the counseling office.
For further information visit the Cal Grant Program website
For March 2nd deadline
In general, our college is able to provide a GPA Verification ONLY if you completed 16 units (this does NOT include Basic skills or ESL courses) prior to Spring term. All students currently attending Berkeley City College who completed 16 or more units (not including Basic Skills or ESL) prior to Spring term will be automatically certified electronically. Do not submit an individual form as it will not be completed. Students who have already been awarded a Cal Grant for a previous year need only refile a FAFSA form, not a GPA verification form.