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Cal Grant B (2023-24)

Up to $14,226



March 2, 2023


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About this scholarship

The Cal Grant B is for low-income California students. How much you get depends on which school you attend. You could get $1,656 your first year, and $14,226 every year after!


Only students with certain incomes and savings qualify.


Scholarships for students in specific states and cities.

Provider: California State Government

Who qualifies?

To qualify for Cal Grant B, you need to be a California resident with a high school GPA of 2.0 or higher. For a family of four, you have to have an income of $66,000 or less and assets of $97,200 or less.

How do you apply?

To apply for the Cal Grant B, you'll need to submit your FAFSA. You'll also need to have your GPA sent to the CSAC (the agency that gives out the Cal Grant). Don't miss the March 2 Cal Grant deadline!

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Updated on September 25, 2023


The requirements depend on the size of yourhousehold and whether you're an independent student or not. Below is a chart with the requirements for the 2021-2022 school year.

Cal Grant Income Cut-Offs

Yes! If you're ineligible for the FAFSA due to citizenship, you can still apply for California financial aid through the California Dream Act Application.

Yes! About one in three students who apply for the Cal Grant after a break receive one. The only students who are guaranteed a Cal Grant are those who go to college right out of high school.

A lot of students qualify for both! If you're going to a community college, you'll get Cal Grant B. At all other colleges, you should receive the Cal Grant that is worth the most. If you're not confident that your college gave you the one worth more, send a photo of your aid offer to Mos via chat or email and an advisor will review it for you.

Yes! If you took the GED , you can send a test score from the General Educational Development Test (GED), SAT, or ACT test instead of a high school GPA. With your test scores, you'll need to send a signed GPA Verification Form.

Each state has its own rules about who counts as a resident. Most states require you to live and work in a state for at least one year. Your college may also request some documentation that shows that you plan to live in the state long-term––like a driver's license or a lease.

The best way to find out what is required in your state is to contact your college directly. We prepared an email for you to make it easy! Make sure to fill in the blanks with your own info and situation.


Dear College Administrator, My name is [Your Name] and my student ID number is [###]. I'm a [current / prospective student] at [college name], and I'm writing to see if I have met the requirements for residency. I have lived in [state name] for [number of years / months] and during that time I have [rented an apartment / worked / sent my children to school / paid taxes]. If there is any documentation that I need to provide to show my residency, I would be more than happy to send it your way. Even the in-state rate will be challenging for me to cover, so I would really appreciate any help you can give me! Thanks in advance. Regards, [Your Name]

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