Cal Grant

There are two Cal Grants awarded at SJSU - Cal Grant A & Cal Grant B for Entitlement and Competitive awards. Both grants do not need to be repaid. Funding for Cal Grant A and B awards is available for up to four years for students pursuing a bachelor's degree, and may be extended an additional year for teaching credential or other mandatory five-year programs. In the awarding process, Cal Grants supercede the State University Grant (SUG), therefore recipients of the Cal Grant cannot be awarded the SUG as both grants assist with tuition fees. Eligibility is based on GPA and financial need. The eligibility criteria is established by the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC).

Cal Grant for fall 2015 and spring 2016

To be considered for a Cal Grant award, students must fill out a 2015-16 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), or a Dream Act Applicationand a Cal Grant GPA Verification form by March 2. The Cal Grant GPA Verification form is available at

Current SJSU Cal Grant recipients are not required to submit the GPA Verification form; your Cal Grant award will automatically be renewed for fall 2015 and spring 2016, if you still have remaining eligibility and meet income, assets, and unmet need requirements.

If you are not a SJSU Cal Grant student, you must have either a 2014-15 FAFSA or Dream Act Application on file or submit a 2015-16 FAFSA or Dream Act Application by mid-February 2015, 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 2014, fall 2013 or spring 2013. Students who have completed less than 24 units by spring 2014, at SJSU, must request their previous school (high school or college) to complete the GPA for them.

The Cal Grant disbursement schedule is referenced below:

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


Cal Grant  B Subsistence

Enrollment Status


Full-Time (12+ units) $1,648/AY - $824 Fall, $824 Spring
Three-Quarter Time (9-11 units)     $1,236/AY - $618 Fall, $618 Spring
Half-Time (6-8 units) $824/AY - $412 Fall, $412 Spring
Less than Half-Time (1-5 units)  Ineligible for payment

If you have specific questions regarding the Cal Grant programs, please contact the 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 $1,648 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.

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