What is the difference between a Grant and a Loan?
FEDERAL PELL GRANT:
Students who have not attained a Bachelor’s Degree or its equivalent are automatically considered for a Federal Pell Grant when they file the FAFSA. Pell Grant eligibility will be based on your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and cost of attendance. Less than half-time students have a much lower EFC cut-off to be eligible for a grant. Awards for students are prorated based on enrollment status:
|• Full-time 12 or more units
• Three-quarter time 9 - 11.5 units
• Half-time 6 - 8.5 units
• Less than half .5 - 5.5 units
Awards range from: $355.50 (LtH) to $6,895 (FT)
FEDERAL SUPPLEMENTAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY GRANT (FSEOG):
FSEOG is a grant award made to students with exceptional need. Because funds are limited, students who apply early and are eligible for the Pell Grant receive first priority consideration for FSEOG. Students are automatically considered for FSEOG when they complete the FAFSA by the March 2 priority date. Awards for less than full-time (12 units) are prorated based on enrollment level.
Awards range from: $400 to $800
Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship:
The Children of Fallen Hero’s act was established by Congress to award Pell-eligible students whose parents died in the line of duty while serving as a public safety officer will be eligible under this scholarship to receive a maximum Pell grant award and zero Family Contribution (EFC) for the purpose of financial aid awards.
To qualify for the scholarship, the student must be:
- Have a Pell-eligible EFC
- Must be less than 24 years of age
- Or enrolled at an institution of higher education at the time of his or her parents or guardians death.
For purposes of the Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship, a “public safety officer” is:
- An individual serving a public agency in an official capacity, with or without compensation, as a law enforcement officer, firefighter, or chaplain;
- An employee of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) who is performing official duties of the agency, if those official duties—
- are related to a major disaster or emergency that has been, or is later declared to exist with respect to the area under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act; and
- are determined by FEMA to be hazardous duties;
For more information regarding this scholarship and to view definitions, please visit:
If you think you may be eligible please contact the Financial Aid Office at (650) 306-3308.
CAL GRANT A, B, C and T - DEADLINE TO APPLY IS MARCH 2 OF EACH YEAR:
Cal Grants are for California residents only. They are awarded by the California Student Aid Commission for attendance in schools in California only. Awards are based on financial need
and academic performance. If eligible for a Cal Grant A, this grant is put on reserve while attending a California community college, as
a Cal Grant eligible resident of this State is not charged tuition. Cal Grant A will
pay for tuition charges only. The Cal Grant B is awarded to college students who have limited income and meet the State defined
standards of disadvantageness. Cal Grant C is awarded to students enrolled in vocational programs. Students who appear to be
eligible to receive a Cal Grant C will receive a supplemental form to complete. You
must file the FAFSA or Dream Application AND submit a Cal Grant GPA Verification Form to the California Student Aid Commission
by March 2. Many schools submit the Cal Grant GPA Verification for their students
– please check and make sure or file the form yourself after having your school complete
the GPA verification section. New Entitlement recipients must create a Webgrants account and verify their high school completion AND claim their award by selecting the college they'll be attending.
There is a second award deadline for California Community College students on September 2, each year. If awarded a Cal Grant, you must be enrolled at least half-time (6 units) to receive your grant. Awards for less than full-time (12 units) are prorated based on enrollment level.
Maximum awards for students attending community college are:
Cal Grant B $1,648
Cal Grant C $1,094
** The Cal Grant A and Cal Grant T are for students attending 4-year colleges and universities. For additional information about these programs, please go to the https://www.csac.ca.gov/cal-grants.
STUDENT SUCCESS COMPLETION GRANT (SSCG):
SSCG is a grant award available to Cal Grant recipients that are enrolled full-time (at least 12 units, semeter). This is NOT an entitlement award, so awards will vary depending on funding availability.
Updated award amounts for 2022-23 will range from: $1298 to $4000 per semester.
Previous range was from $324 to $2,000 per semester
THE CALIFORNIA CHAFEE GRANT PROGRAM
The Chafee Grant provides up to $5,000 per year to current or former foster youth to use for career and technical training or college courses. The Chafee Grant does not have to be paid back and you can use it for your cost of living or school expenses. (The Chafee Grant Program, also known as the Education and Training Voucher (ETV), is a federally funded program and is subject to availability of federal funds each year.) To be eligible for a Chafee, you must have been in foster care for at least one day between your 16th and 18th birthday, be enrolled in at least 6.0 units (half time) and have not yet reached your 26 th birthday by July 1st of the award year.
Maximum Annual Award: $5,000
- See more at:https://www.chafee.csac.ca.gov/