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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​ $53,200​ $97,000​
Four​ $47,600​ $90,500​
Three​ $42,800​ $83,300​
Two​ $38,000​ $81,300​

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

Single, no dependents​ $33,200​ ​ $33,200 ​
Married, no other dependents​ ​ $38,000 ​ ​ $38,000 ​
Dependent students* $70,000
Independent students​ ​$33,300​
*These ceilings also apply to independent students with dependents other than a spouse.​

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