Cal Grant

There are two Cal Grants awarded at SJSU:

Cal Grant A & Cal Grant B for Entitlement and Competitive awards.

  • Cal Grant A and B awards are available for up to four years to students pursuing a bachelor's degree, and may be extended an additional year for teaching credential or other mandatory five-year programs. 
  • Eligibility is based on GPA and financial need.
  • The eligibility criteria is established by the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC).

In the awarding process, Cal Grants supersede the State University Grant (SUG), therefore recipients of the Cal Grant cannot be awarded the SUG as both grants assist with tuition fees. 

Cal Grant for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018

To be considered for a Cal Grant award, students must complete a 2017-18 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), or a Dream Act Application by March 2. In addition, a Cal Grant GPA Verification form must be submitted to CSAC by March 2. The Cal Grant GPA Verification form is available at

Currently enrolled students:

Currently enrolled students are not required to submit the GPA Verification form to CSAC. If remaining eligibility and income, assets, and unmet need requirements are met, the Cal Grant award will automatically be renewed for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018.

Currently enrolled students who are not Cal Grant recipients, must have either a 2016-17 FAFSA or Dream Act Application on file or completed a 2017-18 FAFSA or Dream Act Application by mid-February 2017, for SJSU to submit your GPA electronically to CSAC.

Students must also have completed at least 24 units towards their GPA at SJSU by the end of spring 2016, fall 2015 or spring 2015. Students who have completed less than 24 units by spring 2016, at SJSU, must request their previous school (high school or college) to complete the GPA verification for them.

The Cal Grant disbursement schedule is referenced below:

2016-17 & 2017-18 Cal Grant A/B Fees
Enrollment Status Amount
Full-Time (12+units) $5,472/AY - $2,736/semester
Three-Quarter Time (9-11 units)    $4,104/AY - $2,052/semester
Half-Time (6-8 units) $2,736/AY - $1,368/semester
Less than Half-Time (1-5 units) Ineligible for payment


2016-17 & 2017-18 Cal Grant B Subsistence

Enrollment Status


Full-Time (12+ units) $1,670/AY ($835 Fall; $835 Spring)
Three-Quarter Time (9-11 units)     $1,252/AY ($626 Fall; $626 Spring)
Half-Time (6-8 units) $836/AY ($418 Fall; $418 Spring)
Less than Half-Time (1-5 units)  Ineligible for payment

If you have specific questions regarding the Cal Grant programs, please contact CSAC at 1-888-224-7268, Monday through Friday, 10:00 AM to 4:50 PM, or visit their website at  Students may also contact the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office at (408) 283-7500,  or email at

Cal Grant A

At the California State University, the Cal Grant A assists with tuition fees. This state grant is for undergraduate students who are California residents. Cal Grant A cannot exceed the current tuition fees. 

Cal Grant B

Cal grant B provides a living allowance and tuition fee assistance. Awards for most first-year students are limited to an allowance of up to $1,656 for books and living expenses. When renewed or awarded beyond the freshman year, the award also helps pay for tuition fees. The awards for tuition fees are the same as those for Cal Grant A. Cal Grant B pays only an allowance amount for the first year awards, and allowance and tuition fees for 2nd, 3rd and 4th year recipients.

There are two Cal Grant B awards: Entitlement and Competitive.

  • Every graduating high school senior who has at least a 2.0 GPA, meets the financial and eligibility requirements and applies on time will receive a Cal Grant B Entitlement award.
  • Other eligible students who have at least a 2.0 GPA may apply for a Cal Grant B Competitive award.
  • Selection is based on a composite score that takes into consideration your family's income, parents' educational level, GPA, time out of high school and other factors, such as whether you come from a single-parent household or are a former foster youth.

View WebGrants 4 Students for additional information.