What is a Grant?

A grant is money given to you by the federal or state government that you don't usually have to pay back.

Types of Grants for Community College Students

Learn more about the types of grants, eligibility, and how and when to apply.

Cal Grant B

Cal Grants are awarded by the State of California and do not have to be repaid.

What it Covers

Cal Grant B Entitlement and Competitive awards provide up to $1,670 for books and living expenses, plus up to an additional $2,000 for full-time community college students. If you transfer to an eligible four-year college or university, Cal Grant B also helps pay for tuition, fees, and living expenses.

Eligibility

Cal Grant B Entitlement awards are for first-year, low-income students whose academic program is at least one academic year.

Cal Grant B Competitive awards are for disadvantaged and low-income students who have a minimum 2.0 grade point average (GPA) and are enrolled in an academic program that is at least one year long.

How to Apply

To apply for a Cal Grant, you must submit the following by March 2 each year you are eligible:

* DACA and AB 540 students are not eligible for Cal Grant Competitive awards.

Cal Grant C

Cal Grants are awarded by the State of California and do not have to be repaid.

What it Covers

Cal Grant C awards pays $547 toward tuition, books, tools, and equipment for students in occupational, technical, or vocational programs at community colleges.

Eligibility

Cal Grant C awards are for students enrolled in vocational programs that are at least four months long. Funding is available for up to two years, depending on the length of your program.

How to Apply

To apply for a Cal Grant C award, you must submit the following by March 2 each year you are eligible:

California College Promise Grant

The California College Promise Grant (formerly BOG Fee Waiver) is just for California community college students and does not have to be repaid.

What it Covers

The California College Promise Grant waives enrollment fees for eligible students. It does not cover the cost of books or other expenses.

Eligibility

You may qualify for the California College Promise Grant if you are a California resident or are exempt from nonresident fees under AB 540 and you meet the criteria of Type A, Type B, or Type C described below.

Type A

You are receiving Temporary Aid For Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Security Income (SSI/SSP), or General Assistance.

Type B

You meet the income standards listed below. Please note:

  • Family size means the number of people in your household, including yourself
  • Total family income means adjusted gross income and/or untaxed income for the year listed
Family Size 2016 Total Family Income
(for 2018/2019 school year)
2017 Total Family Income
(for 2019/2020 school year)
1 $18,090 $18,210
2 $24,360 $24,690
3 $30,630 $31,170
4 $36,900 $37,650
5 $43,170 $44,130
6 $49,440 $50,610
7 $55,710 $57,090
8 $61,980 $63,570
Note For each additional family member, add $6,270 For each additional family member, add $6,480
Type C

You submitted the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the California Dream Act application (if you don’t have a social security number) and it shows you have unmet financial need.

How to Apply

To apply, fill out the California College Promise Grant application online. Alternatively, you can fill out the California College Promise Grant Application (PDF) and return the completed application to the Financial Aid Office.

Maintaining the California College Promise Grant

If you qualify for the California College Promise Grant, then make sure you continue to meet the the following academic and progress standards to keep receiving the grant funds.

  • Academic: Maintain a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher. If your cumulative GPA falls below 2.0 for two consecutive primary terms (fall/spring semesters), then you may lose your grant eligibility.
  • Progress: Complete more than 50% of your coursework. If the cumulative number of units you complete is not more than 50% in two consecutive primary terms (fall/spring semesters, or fall/winter/spring quarters), then you may lose your grant eligibility.
  • Combination of academic and progress standards: Any combination of two consecutive terms of cumulative GPA below 2.0 and/or cumulative unit completion of not more than 50% may result in loss of grant eligibility.

Chafee Grant for Foster Youth

Chafee Grants are awarded by the State of California to current or former foster youth. Chafee Grants do not have to be repaid.

What it Covers

A Chafee Grant can be used to pay for tuition, fees, books, supplies, transportation, living expenses, and child care.

Eligibility

To qualify for a Chafee Grant, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You are a current or former foster youth who was a ward of the court, living in foster care, for at least one day between the ages of 16 and 18
  • If you are or were in Kin-GAP, a non-related legal guardianship, or were adopted, you are only eligible if you were a dependent or ward of the court, living in foster care, for at least one day between the ages of 16 and 18
  • You have not reached your 26th birthday as of July 1 of the award year
  • You have not participated in the program for more than five years (consecutive or otherwise)

How to Apply

To apply for a Chafee Grant, you must submit the following each year you are eligible:

Federal Pell Grant

Federal Pell Grant are awarded by the federal government and do not have to be repaid.

What it Covers

Federal Pell Grant can be used for tuition, fees, books, supplies, transportation, living expenses, and child care.

Eligibility

Federal Pell Grant is based on financial need, cost of attendance, the number of financial aid eligible units enrolled, and how long you plan to attend college. Eligible students can receive the Federal Pell Grant for up to six years (12 full-time semester or the equivalent), or 600%.

Pell Grant are usually only given to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's degree or higher. In some cases, a student enrolled in a post-baccalaureate teacher certification program can receive a Federal Pell Grant. You are not eligible to receive a Pell Grant if you are incarcerated or are subject to an involuntary civil commitment upon completion of a period of incarceration for a forcible or non-forcible sex offense.

DACA and undocumented AB 540 students are not eligible to receive Federal Pell Grant.

How to Apply

Submit the FAFSA every year to see if you qualify for a Federal Pell Grant. The amount of other student aid you qualify for does not affect the amount of your Federal Pell Grant.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants are awarded by the federal government and do not have to be repaid.

What it Covers

A FSEOG can be used for tuition, fees, books, supplies, transportation, living expenses, and child care. You can receive $100 to $600 per year.

Eligibility

FSEOGs are awarded based on financial need, how early you apply, number of financial aid eligible units enrolled, and total amount of Financial Aid.

FSEOGs are only given to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's or a professional degree.

DACA and AB 540 students are not eligible to receive FSEOGs.

How to Apply

Submit the FAFSA each year to see if you qualify for a FSEOG. Cosumnes River College has a limited amount of FSEOG funds, so make sure you submit your FAFSA as early as possible.

Student Success Completion Grant (SSCG)

What it Covers

The Student Success Completion Grant (SSCG) provides up to $4,000 per year to pay for educational costs.

Eligibility

To qualify for a SSCG, you must be:

  • A Cal Grant B or C recipient
  • Enrolled in at least 12 units each semester

Students enrolled in 12 to 14.99 units will receive $649 for that semester. Students enrolled in 15 or more units will receive $2,000 for that semester.

How to Apply

Students who qualify will be notified. No additional application is necessary for eligibility for the SSCG.

Learn More About Grants

What is the CA College Promise Grant?

What is a Cal Grant?

California Chafee Grant

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What is an FSEOG?

What is a Pell Grant?

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