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What are California financial aid eligibility requirements?

In order to be eligible for California financial aid (Cal Grants), your child must meet ALL of the following criteria:

  • Qualify for one or more of the various type(s) of financial aid available (except for certain loans);
  • Have a high school diploma or a General Education Development (GED) certificate;
  • Be enrolled at least half-time in an eligible program and working toward a degree or certificate at a California school;
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen;
  • Have a valid Social Security Number;
  • Continuing students must maintain satisfactory academic progress once in school;
  • New students must earn and submit a Grade Point Average (GPA) Verification form; be sure to confirm the specific GPA requirement as it may vary by grant type and year of application;
  • Have family earnings and assets less than the established ceilings;
  • Submit both the GPA Verification and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the Cal Grant deadline.

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