Grants are awards based upon financial need. They do not require repayment.
Golden State Education And Training Grant Program
SPECIAL ALERT: Update from the California Student Aid Commission
This Special Alert from the California Student Aid Commission (Commission) provides an update on the new Golden State Education and Training Grant Program (GSETGP) that was established in the 2022-23 state budget. This new program offers one-time grants to eligible California resident workers who lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic and are enrolling in public education or training programs to learn new skills and get back into the workforce.
The COVID-19 pandemic caused millions of Californians to lose their jobs and many have been unable to find living wage employment since. The Governor and the Legislature opted to use $472.5 million in one-time American Rescue Plan Act funds and $27.5 million in one-time General Fund to provide grants to help these individuals reskill or upskill and transition back into the workforce.
To be eligible for a GSETGP grant, the applicant must meet the income and asset criteria of the Cal Grant A award (pursuant to subdivision (k) of Section 69432.7) and must have been:
- Displaced from employment due to the COVID-19 pandemic
- Unable to obtain employment that provides an average monthly wage that is equal to or greater than the average monthly wage received from their employment prior to the COVID-19 pandemic
- Not enrolled in a training program, college, or university at the time they were displaced from employment
Federal Pell Grants
Pell Grants are the largest source of free money from the federal government for students with financial need:
- Pell grants are awarded to every undergraduate who qualifies and has not already earned a bachelor's degree.
- The grant provides over $6000, depending on your expected family contribution, cost of attendance and whether you are attending full or part time.
- It can be used to pay for tuition, fees and living expenses at any qualifying college, including Cerro Coso Community College.
- You can receive only one Federal Pell Grant per term or period of enrollment, which can be used to attend one college at a time.
Summer Pell Grants
Summer Pell Grants are disbursed if the student has remaining Pell Grant entitlement AND the student maintains Satisfactory Academic Progress AND the student is enrolled. No funds will be disbursed until ALL students' academic progress has been evaluated. This will occur after all Spring grades have been posted.
Maximum Duration of Pell Eligibility (Lifetime Eligibility)
Federal financial aid regulations limit the amount of Pell Grant funds a student may receive to the equivalent of six years of full-time Pell Grant funding. Since the maximum amount of Pell Grant funding a full-time student may receive each year is equal to 100%, the six year equivalent is 600%.
The Department of Education keeps track of your Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU) by adding together the percentages of your Pell Grant scheduled awards that you received for each award year in your lifetime. If a student's LEU equals or exceeds 600%, the student is no longer eligible to receive Pell Grant funding at any institution. In addition, a student whose LEU is greater than 500% but less than 600% will receive a reduced Pell Grant award based on their percentage available. There is no appeal to this Federal regulation. This new Federal regulation will not affect eligibility for BOG Fee Waivers, Federal Work Study, Cal Grants, or Chafee Grants.
For information on how the Department of Education calculates the equivalent of six years visit Calculating Pell Grant Lifetime Eligibility Used.
Students can log on to the StudentAid.gov using their Federal Student Aid ID (the same ID used when signing the FAFSA) to view their calculated LEU. The LEU will be found on the Financial Aid Review page.
Year Round Pell
Pell Grants for Summer 2022
Pell Grant eligible students can receive up to 150% of their scheduled Pell award each year. What does this mean for you? If you were a Pell-eligible student in fall 2021 and/or spring 2022, you may qualify for a Pell Grant for summer 2022!
Minimum Credits for Summer Pell Grant
If you enrolled full-time (12+ credits) and received the full-time Pell Grant amount for fall 2022 and spring 2023, you must enroll at least half-time (6+ credits) in summer classes to receive a summer Pell Grant.
If you enrolled part-time fall 2022 or spring 2023, there is no minimum credit requirement to receive a summer Pell Grant (unless required by your EFC). You can use the remainder of your annual Pell Grant amount during summer with no minimum credit requirement.
Pell Grant Amount Depends on Enrollment
Your summer Pell Grant amount will depend on the number of credits you are registered in, as well as your Pell Lifetime Eligibility Units (LEU). The Pell Grant amount will be adjusted just prior to the release (disbursement) of your aid based on your enrollment level. Enrollment levels are defined in the following manner:
- 12+ credits = 100% of the semester Pell Grant amount
- 9-11 credits = 75% of the semester Pell Grant amount
- 6-8 credits = 50% of the semester Pell Grant amount
An example of how Year-Round Pell (YRP) works
A student with an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $0 is eligible for $6195 in Pell grant for the year, or $3098 for the fall semester and $3097 for the spring semester.
Under the YRP program, this student could receive an additional $1549 for the summer semester if they enrolled full-time (12 credits).
If the student enrolls half-time (six credits) summer semester, the student would receive a $11549 Federal Pell Grant for summer, or one-half of a full award.
Federal Supplemental Grant (SEOG)
If you are an undergraduate with exceptional financial need, you may be eligible for a Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (Federal SEOG).
- The Federal SEOG provides up to $600 a year (beginning 2016-17), depending on your expected family contribution, cost of attendance and whether you are attending full or part time.
- Priority consideration is given if you are eligible for a Federal Pell Grant.
- Unlike the federal Pell Grant, funds are limited, so there is no guarantee you will receive one.
Cal Grant Program
You still have time! The Cal Grant deadline has been extended to April 1, 2022. Complete your FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application today!
Cal Grants are free money for college that you don't have to pay back. Depending on the Cal Grant you receive, the money can be used to pay for tuition, fees, books, supplies, housing, food and even transportation costs to and from classes. You must submit your FAFSA or California Dream Application AND your verified Cal Grant GPA by the March 2. Students who miss the March 2nd deadline AND who plan to attend Cerro Coso in the fall, have until September 2nd to apply.
Cal Grant A or B Entitlement Grant for High School Seniors
Every high school senior who meets the academic and financial requirements may be eligible to receive a Cal Grant A or B Entitlement award:
- 3.0 GPA for Cal Grant A
- 2.0 GPA for Cal Grant B
- Meet the qualifying income and asset ceilings
- Apply by March 2nd of your senior year in high school or the year following graduation
In addition, eligible students have an opportunity to compete for 25,750 Cal Grant A or B Competitive awards. Of the awards set aside for competitive Cal Grant A and B, half are for community college students who apply by a second deadline of September 2.
Cal Grant A and B California Community College Transfer Entitlement Grant
High school seniors who go to a California Community College and then transfer to a qualifying baccalaureate-degree granting college may be eligible for a California Community College Transfer Entitlement (Cal Grant Transfer Entitlement). This award is either a Cal Grant A or B. To qualify, you must have at least a 2.4 community college GPA, meet the Cal Grant financial and eligibility requirements, be under 28 years of age as of December 31 of the award year and apply by March 2nd. You MUST transfer from a California Community College to a bachelor's degree-granting school in the award year for which the award is offered.
Cal Grant C
Students that are vocationally oriented, enrolled at least half-time in a course of study to acquire marketable job skills in a recognized occupational program, and fall within the established income and asset ceilings, and apply by the deadline may be eligible to receive a Cal Grant C award.
General Cal Grant Eligibility Requirements
To be eligible for a Cal Grant, a student must:
- Submit the FAFSA or California Dream Act Application and your verified Cal Grant GPA by the deadline;
- Be a US citizen or eligible non-citizen or meet AB540 criteria;
- Be a California resident when you graduated from high school or meet AB540 criteria;
- Have a valid Social Security number or meet the AB540 criteria;
- Attend a qualifying California college;
- Be in a program leading to an undergraduate degree or certificate, and not currently have a bachelor's or higher degree;
- Have financial need at your college;
- Have family income and assets below the established ceilings;
- Meet any minimum GPA requirement;
- Be attending school at least half time;
- Have registered with the US Selective Service, if required;
- Not owe a refund on any state or federal educational grant;
- Not have a delinquent or defaulted federal student loan;
- Not be incarcerated;
- Maintain satisfactory academic progress.
Full-Time Student Success Grant (FTSSG)
The Full-Time Student Success Grant is a new financial aid program for Cal Grant recipients attending a California community college full time. The grant pays full-time Cal Grant recipients an additional $600 annually. To be eligible for the Full-Time Student Success Grant (FTSSG), a student must:
- Be a Cal Grant B or Cal Grant C recipient AND
- Must be attending full-time at a California community college Full-time attendance is 12 units per term.
You must be a Cal Grant B or C recipient to qualify for the Full-Time Student Success Grant. You apply for a Cal Grant by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application and have your current school submit your GPA to the California Student Aid Commission. Your completion of the FAFSA also enables consideration for federal grants and loans.
Community College Completion Grant (CCCG)
The intent of the Community College Completion Grant program (CCCG) funding expressed a desire to support student persistence, retention and success by providing students additional assistance who are attending at a 15 unit per term pace or 30 unit per year pace and/or complete their programs in scheduled FT timeframes.
California Chafee Grant Program
The California Chafee Grant is available for current or former foster youth to use for career and technical training or college courses. The Chafee Grant Program, also known as the Education and Training Voucher (ETV), is a federally funded program and is subject to the availability of federal funds each year. The California Chafee Grant Program may provide up to $5,000 per academic year of free money to foster youth and former foster youth to use for college courses or vocational school training. The student will receive an award based on their unmet financial need, up to the maximum award amount of $5,000. To apply:
- You must be enrolled in an eligible college or vocational school
- You must be enrolled at least half time (6 units)
- You must be enrolled in a eligible course of study that is at least one year long
- You must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress
- You were in California foster care between your 16th and 18th birthday
- You must not have reached your 22nd birthday as of July 1, of the award year
Two forms are needed to apply for the Chafee Grant:
- The California Chafee Grant Program Application
- The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
After you apply,
- The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) will verify your Independent Living Program (ILP) status.
- The financial aid office will determine your unmet financial need and financial aid eligibility.
- The California Student Aid Commission will review your FAFSA and your Chafee Grant Application.
- Then, the California Student Aid Commission will send you a letter notifying you of your award status.
Note that the amount of the Chafee Grant, when combined with a Pell Grant, may not exceed the student's cost of attendance.
Bureau of Indian Affairs Grant (BIA)
The BIA Grant provides financial assistance to Native American students who enroll in full-time college programs. In order to qualify, a student must be at least one-fourth American Indian, Eskimo, or Aleut. Those who believe that they qualify should contact the appropriate BIA area or agency office maintaining tribal records.