U.S. citizens, permanent residents and other eligible non-citizens in California can apply for a California Grant online by completing and submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FSFA, by the annual deadline. Individuals who are not U.S. citizens but graduated from a California high school and attended a California high school for three years should instead complete the California Dream Act application, notes the California Student Aid Association.
To apply for a Cal Grant, file the applicant's certified grade point average with the California Student Aid Commission by the annual deadline. Determine ahead of time if the high school automatically sends students' certified GPAs to the Commission. If the school does not send certified GPAs, it is necessary to complete and submit a Cal Grant GPA Verification Form and mail it before the deadline. Make and file a personal copy of the form, and then send the original form using a Certificate of Mailing as evidence of the date you mailed the document.
Typically, Cal Grants are awarded to California residents who live in the state at least one year before the application deadline. The parents' state of legal residence is used to establish residency for individuals under the age of 18. If an applicant or an applicant's parents are in a registered domestic partnership at the time the application is submitted, the G-37 Cal Grant Registered Domestic Partnership Reporting Form is required for Cal Grant consideration.