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State Aid

California State Aid Commission (CSAC)

Since its creation by the Legislature, in 1955, the Commission has continued to operate as the principal state agency responsible for administering financial aid programs for students attending public and private universities, colleges, and vocational schools in California. The Commission has never wavered from its central mission to make education beyond high school financially accessible to all Californians. The Commission provides financial aid policy analysis and leadership, in partnership with California's colleges, universities, financial institutions, and financial aid associations. The application deadline is March 2 for the following academic year. Most CSAC programs require completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Complete the FAFSA

Cal Grant

The Cal Grant is a state grant administered by CSAC and is awarded to eligible undergraduate California residents based on need, student GPA, and allowable funding.

Verify Cal Grant eligibility

California Chafee Grant for Foster Youth

The Chafee Grant is a federal and state-funded grant to assist eligible students who have been or are in foster care.

View Chafee Grant information

California Dream Act Application

This application allows eligible AB540 students to apply for California state aid.

Apply for California Dream Act

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Katrina Floyd-Gonzales

Teacher Education, Single Subject English

The student services team was phenomenal. I applied for and was rewarded a scholarship which truly helped me financially. Without the assistance, I do not think I would have been able to complete my grad school requirements.