Depending on your financial need, both Cal Grants and Pell Grants could be options for you.
In the 2014-2015 academic year the state grants up to $8,056 annually for California students who qualify on the basis of financial need and academic achievement (generally a grade point average of 3.0 and above). This grant is awarded by the California Student Aid Commission and eligibility is determined each year based on income and assets.
Your Cal Grant B award includes a $1,473 access allowance. Your "access allowance" will be automatically applied to your billing account at the Business Office. You have the option to have your access allowance refunded to you and not applied to your billing account. To do this, contact the Financial Aid Office to request the Cal Grant B Payment Authirization form.
Cal Grants replace Saint Mary's Need-Based Scholarship. All California residents must apply for a Cal Grant. The College will not replace funds for students who are eligible and do not apply or fail to properly complete the Cal Grant application process.
Grants from $602 to $5,730 (based on full-time enrollment) are provided to very high need families who qualify based on a federally established formula.
Additional grants for high need families who also qualify for Pell Grants include Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (amounts vary based on a federally established formula).