California Student Aid Commission and CalGrants

The purpose of the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) and CalGrants are to make education beyond high school financially accessible to all Californians. Cal Grant awards are state grants that are awarded and administered by the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC). The Commission provides financial aid policy analysis and leadership, in partnership with California’s colleges, universities, financial institutions, and financial aid associations. To apply for a Cal Grant, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be completed and Grade Point Average information sent to CSAC by March 2nd for the following academic school year the student is applying for.

Eligible candidates include being a California graduating high school senior or recent graduate, or having received a GED, and meet academic, financial and eligibility requirements and submit the form by the deadline of March 2nd to maximize the opportunity to receive an award. Cal Grant recipients qualify for funds for college, career or technical school.

If the student misses the March 2 Cal Grant deadline AND plans to attend a community college in the fall, they have until September 2 to apply. However, the number of Cal Grant awards will be limited.

If you have questions or need help applying for student aid, call the California Student Aid Commission at (888) 224-7268 or email them at