Grants

These are funds for college expenses that students do not have to repay. These are available both from the government and private entities.

 

Chafee Grant:

  • Amount: up to $5,000 a year
  • Reimburse: no, students do not have to pay back
  • Who qualifies: foster youth or former foster youth who has financial need, was in foster care after the age of 16 and has not reached their 22nd birthday as of July 1 of the award year
  • Use for: career and technical training or college. Can be used for tuition, child care, transportation and/or rent while in school.
  • Where: can be used at any eligible California college or university or career or technical school, as well as schools in other states
  • To apply: https://www.chafee.csac.ca.gov/
  • Application(s)/Deadline: FAFSA by March 2 strongly recommended. Late applications are accepted.

Cal Grants:

  • Amount: varies depending on type of Cal Grant
  • Reimburse: no, students do not have to pay back
  • Who qualifies: graduating high school senior or recent graduate who meets academic, financial and eligibility requirements, as well as transfer students
  • Use for: some types of Cal Grants are limited to use for tuition and others may be used for living expenses such as room & board, and books and supplies (depending on type of Cal Grant)
  • Where: can be used at any qualifying college, university or career or technical school in California
  • To apply: http://www.csac.ca.gov/
  • Application(s)/Deadline:
    • FAFSA by March 2
    • Cal Grant Grade Point Average (GPA) Verification form by March 2
    • If a student misses this deadline, community college students can apply by September 2 for Cal Grant Competitive awards, but these are extremely limited.

Federal Pell Grant:

  • Amount: current maximum is $5,775 for the 2015-2016 award year (July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016). Amount depends on financial need, costs to attend school, status as a full-time or part-time student, and plans to attend school for a full academic year or less.
  • Reimburse: no, students do not have to pay back
  • Who qualifies: undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor’s or a professional degree with financial need
  • Use for: college expenses including tuition and living expenses
  • Where: at any one of approximately 5,400 participating postsecondary institutions
  • Website: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/types/grants-scholarships/pell
  • Application(s)/Deadline: students are strongly encouraged to file their FAFSA by March 2 in order to ensure access to all available financial aid. For community college students, however, there is no specific deadline for submitting the FAFSA in order to qualify for a Pell Grant.

Board of Governors (BOG) Fee Waiver:

  • Reimburse: no, students do not have to pay back
  • Who qualifies: eligible California residents who are low income or have financial need. Students must complete matriculation requirements (orientation, assessment and education plan) in order to qualify.
  • Use for: waiver of course enrollment fees
  • Where: community colleges
  • To apply: http://home.cccapply.org/money/bog-fee-waiver or college’s financial aid office
  • Application(s)/Deadline: while FAFSA submission is highly recommended it is not required to apply for a BOG fee waiver
  • Amount: permits enrollment fees to be waived at community colleges