Cal Grants A, B, and C are for undergraduate students who meet the financial, academic, and eligibility requirements, and apply on time. Awards may be used only at qualifying colleges in California and do not need to be paid back. Cal Grant T is for students who will be attending a teaching credential program, in exchange for teaching service.
Cal Grants B and C are the only programs that are offered at MiraCosta College. You must be enrolled at least half-time to receive this award. All students may apply for Cal Grants A, B, and C by filing a FAFSA and the California Student Aid Commission’s GPA Verification Form no later than the postmark deadline of March 2nd for the upcoming school year. If you are in high school, you may apply in your senior year.
If you fall into one of the first two categories below, MiraCosta College will submit your verified GPA electronically to the California Student Aid Commission. You do not need fill out the Cal Grant GPA Verification Form.
Students who will be attending a California Community College in the fall and miss the March 2nd deadline, have until September 2nd, to apply for the California Community College Cal Grant. Since the number of awards available in September is limited, it is best to have your FAFSA and GPA Verification form in no later than the March 2nd deadline. Individuals meeting the March 2 filing deadline by submitting both the FAFSA and the GPA Verification form, will be given optimal consideration.
Students who are offered a Cal Grant A but choose to attend a California Community College first, can reserve the award for up to three years until transferring to a four year college, if still financially qualified. If your Cal Grant A is held in reserve, you can activate it any time. If you list a California community college before a four-year California college on your FAFSA, it will be assumed the community college is your first choice. If you receive a Cal Grant A, the award will be placed in reserve for your first year unless you transfer to a tuition or fee-charging college and request to activate your award. When you do transfer, be sure to let your school know you have a CC reserve grant.
The Cal Grant B provides a living allowance and tuition and fee assistance for very low-income students. Awards for community college students and all first-year students provide up to $1,551 for books and living expenses. When renewed or applied for beyond the freshman year at a four-year college, the award also helps pay for tuition and fees. The top awards for tuition and fees are the same as those for Cal Grant A. For the Cal Grant B, your course work must be for at least one academic year.
Cal Grant C assists vocational students with tuition and training costs. Students must be enrolled in and attending a vocational training program lasting from four to 24 months in length. The maximum award amount is $576 at MiraCosta College.