Cal Grants are administered by the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC). To be eligible for a Cal Grant, you must:
- Submit the FAFSA or Dream Act application and your verified Cal Grant GPA by the March 2nd Cal Grant deadline
- Be a California resident or AB540 eligible student attending an eligible school in California on at least a half-time basis
Not have received a prior bachelor's or professional degree
- Meet the family income and asset ceilings set by CSAC
Maintain satisfactory academic progress standards as determined by the institution
- Not owe a refund on any state or federal grant or be in default on a student loan
- Demonstrate financial need
Meet the minimum GPA requirement as determined by CSAC
Not exceed the income and asset ceilings established by CSAC
Types of Cal Grants
Cal Grant A is awarded to low to middle income students and provides tuition assistance only. At a UC, it pays the mandatory fees charged to all UC students. It does not cover the campus-based fees (or "student services fees") that vary from campus to campus.
Cal Grant B is awarded to low income students. In the first year of eligibility, it only provides an Access Award. In the second through fourth years, it provides tuition assistance in addition to the Access Award.
Students enrolled less than full-time (12 units) on census date (one day after the last day to add classes on GOLD) will have their Cal Grant for that quarter reduced to a level that reflects their enrollment level. For example, a student enrolled in 10 units will have that quarter’s Cal Grant reduced to a 3/4-time award. This may necessitate billing back financial aid already received.
Cal Grant B recipients will automatically have their full access award applied to their BARC account to pay any outstanding balances. Alternatively, students may elect to receive the full disbursement of their access award directly, to use towards educational expenses not charged by BARC. If you would like to choose this alternative method please contact the Cal Grant advisor to process this request. Additionally, students have the ability to change their disbursement method at any time.
New Applicants must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or a CA Dream Act Application (CADAA) and submit a high school GPA by March 2 prior to the academic year for which the award is intended.
CSAC determines eligibility for new awards and notifies the eligible institution(s) listed on the FAFSA or CADAA of these awards. If you have not attended UCSB or you have completed less than 36 units at UCSB, you will be required to submit a GPA Verification Form. (This is if you are currently not receiving the Cal Grant)
Renewal Applicants must file the FAFSA or CADAA, demonstrate financial need, and not exceed the income and asset ceilings established by CSAC. You can check the status of your Cal Grant at WebGrants 4 Students
California Student Aid Commission (CSAC)
Check the Status of Your Cal Grant