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CAL Grant Eligibility Requirements



To be eligible for a Cal Grant, an applicant must:

  •  Be a U.S. Citizen, permanent resident, or eligible non-citizen 
  • Be a California resident attending an eligible school in California on at least a half-time basis 
  • Meet United States Selective Service requirements if required to do so 
  • Apply prior to the March 2 deadline.  
  • Meet the satisfactory academic progress standards as determined by the institution the student is attending 
  • Not have received a prior bachelor's degree 
  • Not be in default on a federal loan or owe a refund on a federal or state grant 
  • Not exceed the total family income or family assets ceilings outlined below:

 For New & Renew Cal Grant Students

Income ​

Dependent students and Independent students with dependents (other than a spouse) ​ ​

Family size:
Six or more​


Five​ $51,400​ $93,700​
Four​ $45,900​ $87,400​
Three​ $41,300​ $80,400​
Two​ $36,700​ $78,500​

Independent students without children or other dependents ( other than a spouse)​

Single, no dependents​ $32,000​ ​ $32,000 ​
Married, no other dependents​ ​ $36,700 ​ ​ $36,700 ​
Dependent students* $67,600 ​ $67,600 ​
Independent students​ ​$32,200​ ​ $32,200​
*These ceilings also apply to independent students with dependents other than a spouse.​