State Grant Programs - Financial Aid Office

The State of California, through the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC), sponsors several grant programs for undergraduate students. These include Cal Grants, California Chafee Grant, and Law Enforcement Personnel Dependents scholarships.

Ohlone's Federal College Code is 004481.

How to Apply

In addition to the FAFSA you must fill out a Grade Point Average (GPA) Verification Form and have it processed by the office of Admissions and Records prior to the deadline date. If you have attended Ohlone within the past six (6) semesters and have completed 24 units, the GPA verification will be electronically transmitted and the paper form is not required. Students who have completed less than 24 units must have the GPA verification form filled out by the high school. Many high schools electronically transmit the GPA Verification information as well.


To qualify for any state-funded grants, you must be a California resident, be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, have a valid social security number, and be attending (or plan to attend) an eligible school or college in California. You can receive only one Cal-Grant, either Cal-Grant A, B, or C.

The deadline to apply for state grant programs is March 2 prior to the academic year in which you intend to enroll.

Available State Grants

Cal Grant Program

You can receive only one Cal-Grant, either Cal-Grant A, B, or C.

Check the Deadline Dates for applying for grants.

Applicants must file a FAFSA and GPA (Grade Point Average) Verification Form. A GPA Verification Form must be completed by the high school or the last college you attended. Ohlone College electronically transmits GPA information for students who have completed 24 or more college units. Please keep in mind the March 2nd deadline when you ask to have your GPA Verification Form processed. You should check to make sure your GPA Verification Form is processed in time. If you currently have a Cal Grant, a renewal verification will be mailed to you.

To renew your Cal Grant, you must:

  • re-apply for financial aid (FAFSA)
  • meet the deadline date in March
  • continue to have financial aid need
  • make academic progress
  • have a valid Social Security Number on file
  • be enrolled at an eligible school or college

The Financial Aid Office will post disbursement dates for the Cal Grant B or C checks.

Cal Grant A

Although this grant is awarded at a four-year college, you are encouraged to apply for it while attending Ohlone College.

If you qualify for a Cal Grant A and want to attend a public community college first, you can have CSAC hold the award (for no more than two years), until you transfer to a four-year college provided that you continue to qualify financially.

To be eligible for a new (first time) Cal Grant A, you must not have completed more than six (6) semesters or nine (9) quarters of college study, and you must be enrolled for at least six (6) units of course work.

Cal Grant B

This grant provides a living allowance for entering college freshmen who come from very low-income families. Because this grant is intended for students who would be unable to attend college without such help, Cal Grant B awards are available only for students who have completed no more than one semester of full-time college work (12.0 semester units) as an entitlement award or for students who have completed 24 or more units on a competitive basis.

At Ohlone College, grants can range from $500 to $1,551 per academic year. You must be enrolled in at least six (6) units to be eligible.

Cal Grant C

This grant is intended for students who desire to train for specific occupations, vocations, or technical careers, but do not have the financial resources to enter a training program because they are from low-to-middle-income families.

Grant awards are limited to approximately $576 at community colleges for programs ranging in length from four months to two years. You must be enrolled in at least six (6) semester units and demonstrate occupational achievement or aptitude in the chosen field.

California Chafee Grant Program

If you are or were in foster care and have financial need, you may qualify for up to $5,000 a year for college or career and technical training. You may also be able to use your grant to help pay for child care, transportation and rent while you’re in school.

To be eligible, the student must:

  • be a current or former foster youth and not have reached your 22nd birthday as of July 1 of the award year. The court must have established your dependency when you were between the ages of 16 and 18.
  • have financial need.
  • be enrolled in at least 6 units in an eligible program
  • make satisfactory academic progress
  • file the FAFSA and the California Chafee Grant Program applications.

Chafee Grant applications are available at the Financial Aid Office. The first step is to file a FAFSA at (it's free!). Then, for more information on the grant, check the Chafee Grant website at

Child Development Grant

The Child Development Grant awards qualified students up to $1,000 annually for students pursuing a child development permit to teach or supervise in a licensed child care center.  To be eligible, the student must:

  • be enrolled at least a half-time in approved courses leading to a Child Development Permit.
  • file the FAFSA and the California Child Development Grant Program applications.
  • commit to full-time employment in a licensed children’s center in California for a period of one year for each year of grants received.

Cooperative Agencies and Resources for Education (CARE)

The CARE program is sponsored as an EOPS support service. Students who are single parents with children under the age of fourteen (14) and receive TANF benefits are eligible to apply.

The program offers monthly support groups, workshops, auto repair vouchers, and financial assistance toward child care and transportation costs. You must be an EOPS student to participate in the CARE program.

If you are interested in the EOPS/CARE program, contact the Ohlone College EOPS Office for information.

Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS)

This is a state-funded program designed primarily for the recruitment and retention of students affected by educational, language, social, and economic disadvantages.

EOPS provides comprehensive counseling, retention, and transfer services. Students who apply before the semester begins and participate in all services will receive book assistance.

If you are interested in the EOPS/CARE program, contact the Ohlone College EOPS Office for information.

Law Enforcement Personnel Dependents Scholarships

This grant program provides educational benefits to the dependents of California police and other law enforcement officers (Chief of Police, Police Officer, Sheriff, Deputy Sheriff, Marshall, Deputy Marshall, etc.), who have been killed or disabled in the line of duty.  Grant awards match the amount of a Cal Grant award and range from $100 to $11,259 for up to four years

For information and an application, write directly to:  California Student Aid Commission, P.O. Box 510845, Sacramento, CA 94245-0845.