6980 Student Aid Commission
5755 - FINANCIAL AID GRANTS PROGRAM
This program provides grants and other specialized financial aid to help undergraduate and graduate students pay educational expenses. Awards are coordinated with other available award sources including federal Pell Grants. The financial aid grant programs are described below.
CAL GRANT A and B
The maximum award for new Cal Grant A and B recipients in 2015-16 is equal to the mandatory systemwide tuition at the University of California (UC) and the California State University (CSU), $8,056 at private, non-profit institutions, and private, for-profit institutions that are accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) as of July 1, 2012, and $4,000 at private, for profit institutions that are not WASC accredited as of July 1, 2012. Renewal award recipients at private, for-profit and non-profit institutions will continue to receive an award amount of $4,000 to $9,223 depending on when they received their first award.
Cal Grant entitlement awards are guaranteed to students who graduate from high school in 2000-01, or beyond, and meet financial, academic, and general program eligibility requirements.
- Cal Grant A provides tuition and fee funding to eligible lower income high school graduates who have at least a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) on a four-point scale.
- Cal Grant B provides funds to eligible low-income disadvantaged high school graduates who have at least a 2.0 GPA on a four-point scale. The award provides up to $1,648 for book and living expenses for the first year and each year following for up to four years. After the first year, the award also provides for tuition and fees at qualifying postsecondary institutions.
- The California Community College Transfer Award provides a Cal Grant A or B award to eligible high school graduates who have a community college GPA of at least 2.4 on a four-point scale.
There are 22,500 Cal Grant A and B competitive awards available to applicants who meet financial, academic, and general program eligibility requirements. Half of these awards (11,250) are offered to those applicants who did not receive an entitlement award and meet the March 2 deadline. The remaining 11,250 awards are offered to students who are enrolled at a California Community College and meet the September 2 deadline.
- The Cal Grant C Program provides funding for financially eligible lower income students preparing for occupational or technical training. The authorized number of new awards is 7,761. For new and renewal recipients, the current tuition and fee award is up to $2,462 and the allowance for training?-related costs is $547.
- The Middle Class Scholarship Program provides a scholarship to UC and CSU students with family incomes of up to $150,000. The scholarship amount is limited to no more than 40 percent of the UC or CSU mandatory systemwide tuition and fees. The individual award amount is determined after any other publicly funded financial aid is received. The program will be phased in over four years, with full implementation in 2017-18. The program is funded from the General Fund.
- The Assumption Program of Loans for Education (APLE) allows the State to issue agreements for loan assumptions annually to students and district interns who are pursuing careers in teaching and credentialed teachers teaching at schools ranked in the lowest 20 percentile of the Academic Performance Index (API). Through APLE, a participant who teaches a total of four years can receive up to $11,000 toward outstanding student loans. APLE participants who provide the designated teaching service in the areas of math, science, or education specialist instruction in a school ranked in the lowest 60 percentile of the API may be eligible to receive an additional $1,000 per year in loan assumption benefits. Participants meeting this requirement who provide teaching service in a California public school that is ranked in the lowest 20 percentile of the API may be eligible to receive an additional $1,000 per year for a possible total loan assumption benefit of up to $19,000. Beginning in 2012-13, no new APLE warrants have been issued; only renewals will continue to be funded.
- The Graduate Assumption Program of Loans for Education (Graduate APLE) allows the State to issue loan assumption agreements to Californians pursuing graduate degrees at postsecondary institutions. A participant who teaches for three years at a regionally accredited California college or university can receive up to $6,000 toward outstanding student loans. Since 2003-04, no new warrants have been issued; only renewals will continue to be funded.
- The State Nursing Assumption Program of Loans for Education for Nursing Faculty (SNAPLE NF), allows the State to issue agreements for loan assumptions to persons who have completed at least a baccalaureate degree in nursing or a field related to nursing and agreed to teach at one or more regionally accredited, eligible California colleges or universities. Through SNAPLE NF, a participant can receive up to $8,333 annually for three years toward outstanding student loans for a total loan assumption of up to $25,000. Beginning in 2012-13, no new SNAPLE NF warrants will be issued; only renewals will continue to be funded.
- The Child Development Teacher and Supervisor Grant Program provides grants to recipients who intend to teach or supervise in the field of child care and development in a licensed children's center. Recipients attending a California Community College may receive up to $1,000 annually and recipients attending a four-year college may receive up to $2,000 annually for a total of $6,000. This program is funded from federal funds through an agreement with the State Department of Education.
- The California Chafee Grant Program provides grants of up to $5,000 to eligible foster youth who are enrolled in college or vocational school at least half-time. New and renewal awards are assigned based on available funding. This program is funded from federal funds and the General Fund through an agreement with the State Department of Social Services.
- The California National Guard Education Assistance Award Program provides funding for active members of the California National Guard, the State Military Reserve, or the Naval Militia who seek a certificate, degree, or diploma. Recipients attending the University of California or California State University may receive up to the amount of a Cal Grant A award. Recipients attending a community college may receive up to the amount of a Cal Grant B award. Recipients attending a private institution may receive up to the amount of a Cal Grant A award for a student attending the University of California. An award used for graduate studies may not exceed the maximum amount of a Cal Grant A award plus $500 for books and supplies. This program is funded from the General Fund through an agreement with the California Military Department.
- The Law Enforcement Personnel Dependents (LEPD) Scholarship Program provides college grants equivalent to Cal Grant amounts to dependents of: California law enforcement officers, officers and employees of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, and firefighters killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty. This program is funded from the General Fund.
- The John R. Justice Program provides loan repayments to eligible recipients currently employed as California prosecutors or public defenders who commit to continued employment in that capacity for at least three years. Recipients may receive up to $5,000 of loan repayment disbursed annually to their lending institutions. This program is federally funded through an agreement with the Office of Emergency Services.
- The California Student Opportunity and Access Program (Cal-SOAP), through intersegmental consortia, provides financial aid outreach and tutoring services to disadvantaged K-12 students, increases their access to postsecondary education, and informs students about opportunities for Career Technical Education. Cal-SOAP also assists the matriculation of community college students to four-year institutions. There are 14 Cal-SOAP consortia operating in 16 locations throughout California.
- Cash for College provides financial aid workshops to assist low-income students with completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and the Cal Grant GPA Verification Form, as well as providing other financial aid information.