Eligibility for the Cal Grant is a bit confusing to many folks. Here is a quick summary of the factors that are important to successfully acquiring the Cal Grant:
- The FAFSA and the GPA verification forms are the drivers for these grants
- Be sure to fill out and submit the GPA verification form, found here: GPA Verification Form prior to March 2, 2008
- One must be a California resident for 1 year
- One must intend to remain in California after graduation, though it isn't clear for how long
There are other stipulations, but these are the major ones. You can learn more from these sites:
The most interesting issue is eligibility. The income ceiling for a family of 3 is $70,300. The income and asset ceilings are listed for the coming year here:
Here's the instructions for the Cal Grant GPA:
MANY families make the mistake of simply filing their tax return without first calculating their income for Cal Grant eligibility. Some simple tax planning can ensure that the family income can stay within the eligibility levels set by the state. How easy is that?
So, one must submit the forms and see what happens. It is good to get this done as early as possible in January. Good luck!