Financial Aid - Federal School Code: 006972

Cal Grant


What is a Cal Grant?

CSACAre there different types of Cal Grant?

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ow do I know if I qualify for Cal Grant?

How do I apply for a Cal Grant?

What is a Cal Grant GPA Verification Form?

What if I didn't graduate or I was home schooled?

What if I have completed some classes at Butte College?

How do I renew my Cal Grant?

How do I know if my GPA was received by CSAC?


What is a Cal Grant?

Cal Grants are funded by the state of California to help students pay for college expenses. The awards do not have to be repaid.

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Are there different types of Cal Grant?

Cal Grant A helps low- and middle-income students with tuition costs at a four-year California college. Although this grant can only be used at a four-year college, students are encouraged to apply while attending Butte College because awards can be held "on reserve" until the student transfers. Eligibility is determined in part by submitting the FAFSA or California Dream Act Application (not both).

Cal Grant B
provides assistance for educational expenses to students from disadvantaged and low-income families. There are also a limited number of Community College Transfer Cal Grant B awards given to community college students transferring to a four-year college. Awards range from $100 - $1473 and do not need to be repaid. Eligibility is determined in part by submitting the FAFSA or California Dream Act Application (not both).

Cal Grant C provides tuition and a training allowance for students enrolled in a vocational program. Cal Grant C awards are a maximum of $547 and do not need to be repaid. Eligibility is determined in part by submitting the FAFSA or California Dream Act application (not both).

Click here for additional information from the California Student Aid Commission.

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How do I know if I qualify for Cal Grant? All Cal Grant applicants must:

 Also see http://www.CalGrants.org for additional information.

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How do I apply for a Cal Grant?

Step One: Fill out and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Step Two: ALL STUDENTS must have a Cal Grant GPA Verification Form submitted for them, also by March 2nd of each year. See question below for complete information about GPA verification.

Step Three: HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS. After completing their high school senior year, graduating seniors must verify their high school graduation and date of graduation. This may be completed online at WebGrants 4 Students. Verification of high school graduation must be completed in order to be eligible to receive financial aid funds.

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What is a Cal Grant GPA Verification Form? 

To be considered for a Cal Grant, you must have your GPA verified by the appropriate college or high school office.

Graduating high school seniors and college students with fewer than 16 college units earned: to qualify for a Cal Grant, your high school must verify your GPA and submit it to the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC). Contact your high school counselor. For students who cannot obtain a GPA Verification Form from a high school counselor, the form is also available online. Click here.

Your GPA Verification Form must be postmarked by March 2 for the following academic year. Complete the GPA Verification Form and submit it to your high school at least three weeks before the March 2 deadline to ensure sufficient time for processing.

For Butte College students with more than 16 units earned: the Financial Aid Office will automatically send in your GPA verification.

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What if I didn't graduate or I was home schooled?

Some students do not have a GPA, so certain test scores can be used instead. Please submit your test score along with the GPA Verification Form. Click here for Cal Grant GPA Verification Form.

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What if I have completed some classes at Butte College?

The Financial Aid Office will automatically send your GPA to the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) if you have earned at least 16 units at Butte College.

Your GPA is calculated on all completed college work, excluding nontransferable units and courses not counted in computation for admission to a California public institution of higher education that grants a baccalaureate degree.

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How do I renew my Cal Grant?

Cal Grants may be renewed for up to four years of full-time enrollment. If you are currently receiving a Cal Grant and wish to renew your grant for the next academic year, we recommend you complete your FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1st of each year. CSAC will automatically notify us if you are eligible to renew your Cal Grant. We will confirm your eligibility by reviewing financial need and enrollment. Also click here for important Cal Grant renewal advice from CSAC.

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How do I know if my GPA was received by CSAC?

If you have filed a current Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you can check the status of your Cal Grant application online by logging on to WebGrants 4 Students. This secure site will let you view the status of your Cal Grant application, check your award status, update your address, view payment history, make a school change, or put your Cal Grant "on reserve". This website is available for your convenience, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.