FEDERAL AND STATE GRANTS
The Federal Pell Grant is available for undergraduate study until you receive your first bachelor’s degree. Federal Pell Grants range from $555 to $5550 per academic year depending upon your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) (as determined by the federal government), your cost of attendance, and your enrollment status. Undergraduate students who have submitted a valid Student Aid Report (SAR) may qualify for the Federal Pell Grant. Within six to eight weeks after filing your application, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) from the Federal Pell Grant processing center. Follow the directions on the first page of your SAR, or submit the SAR to the Financial Aid Office for review. This form allows us to determine the amount of your award and authorizes us to disburse your Federal Pell Grant after you enroll. Cuyamaca College must be listed as one of the schools on your SAR. There are three ways to add Cuyamaca College to your SAR: 1) Call (800) 433-3243 and request to add Cuyamaca College to your SAR (you will need our Title IV Code: 014435), 2) submit all three parts of the SAR to the Cuyamaca College Financial Aid Office to be requested electronically or 3.) make corrections to your online application at www.fafsa.ed.gov and add the Cuyamaca College school code. (014435)
Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
SEOG is a federal grant program for undergraduate students who have “exceptional need,” and have not received a bachelor’s degree. First priority will be given to students enrolled full-time who receive a Federal Pell Grant and demonstrate exceptional need.
National SMART Grant Program
The Federal National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (SMART) is available to eligible undergraduate students in their third or fourth year of study at a four-year college or university. The grant amount is $4,000 for each academic year for full-time students who are U.S. citizens eligible for a federal Pell grant, maintain at least a 3.0 GPA and be pursuing specific majors in the fields of Computer Science, Engineering Technology, Life Sciences, Mathematics, Physical Sciences or certain Foreign Languages as designated by the U.S. Department of Education.
Extended Opportunity Program and Services (EOPS)
EOPS is a state funded program designed primarily for the orientation, recruitment and retention of California residents who are considered educationally disadvantaged (as determined by EOPS), have not completed more than 70 units of degree applicable coursework, are enrolled full-time and qualify for the Board of Governor’s Grant, method A or B.
Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE)
CARE is a state funded program designed to recruit and assist single parent recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, (TANF), or Cal Works who would like to attend college and are EOPS eligible. CARE provides support services and/or grant funds to enable academic success and to assist students in attaining their career and vocational goals.
The California Chafee Grant Program is available for current or former foster youth to use for career and technical training or college courses. The maximum grant amount is $5000 per year. Students must be enrolled in six or more units each semester to be eligible for the Chafee Grant. For questions regarding eligibility please contact Pam Fleming in the Financial Aid Office at 619-660-4291/ Pam.Fleming@gcccd.edu, or Nora Hinsley in the EOPS Office at 619-660-4293/Nora.Hinsley@gcccd.edu, or go to www.chafee.csac.ca.gov.
Cal GrantsCal Grants are administrated by the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) for California residents who demonstrate financial need, meet the program and academic requirements, and apply on time. Starting with the 2000-2001 graduating class, every high school senior who meets the program and academic requirements (at least a 3.0 grade point average for Cal Grant A; at least a 2.0 grade point average for Cal Grant B), falls within the family income and asset ceilings, and applies on time will receive a Cal Grant A or B Entitlement award. The maximum tuition that the Cal Grant program will pay is $9,708 for students attending independent colleges and universities, $6,636 for University of California students, and $2,772 for California State University students. To apply for this program, submit a FAFSA and GPA Verification Form postmarked by March 2 each year. NOTE: Second Chance for Community College Students; Community College Students have until September 2 each year to apply for a Cal Grant A or B Competitive award. For more Cal Grant information on the Internet visit the web site at www.csac.ca.gov.
Cal Grant A
Cal Grants A is an entitlement or a competitive grant administered by the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC). It is targeted toward students with high GPAs and moderate income. This grant pays for tuition at tuition charging institutions. Students are not eligible to receive funding while enrolled at community colleges. Community college students have their grants put on “community college reserve” for up to three years. Once the students transfer to a tuition charging institution their grant will be activated.
Cal Grant B
Cal Grant B is an entitlement or a competitive grant. It provides a living allowance for low-income students and tuition payment for students’ second through fourth year of study at tuition charging institutions. For 2012-2013 the maximum living allowance has been set at $1473.
Cal Grant C
Cal Grant C is a competitive grant for vocational students who are enrolled in programs from nine months to two years in length. Cal Grant C provides a book stipend of $547 per academic year. Cal Grant C pays for tuition at tuition charging institutions up to $2,592.
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