What is the Cal Grant Award?
The commission provides three types of cal Grants.
- Cal Grant A is available only to students attending four-year schools. Some students receive a “Cal Grant A Community College Reserve Award” while attending a community college. This award is held in reserve for up to two years during community college attendance and can be used after transferring to Chapman.
- Cal Grant B is provided to students from low-income households. It is available to first-year students and can be received for up to four years. You can receive a Cal Grant B for attendance at a community college and continue to receive it after you transfer to Chapman until the four-year maximum time period has been reached. If you receive a Cal Grant B, both the tuition and access awards will be credited to your student account. If you wish to have the access award paid directly to you, please contact the Financial Aid Office.
- Cal Grant C is furnished to vocational students and cannot be used at Chapman, since all of your academic programs lead to degrees, graduate certificates, or teaching credentials.
If the California Student Aid Commission has awarded you a Cal Grant, you must enroll in at least six units in order to be eligible (unless you are a graduating senior in your final semester).
What is the Federal Pell Grant?
Federal Pell Grants are provided by the federal government on the basis of a federally mandated eligibility formula. They are available to undergraduates without baccalaureate degrees.
If your award letter includes a Federal Pell Grant award, the amount has been determined based on full-time attendance (12 units or more). If you will be taking less than 12 units, your award will be modified as follows: 9 through 11.5 units = 75% of the award; 6 through 8.5 units = 50% of the award. Federal law requires that a Pell Grant be at least $200 per year. If the modification results in an amount less than $200, the Pell Grant becomes forfeited. In some instances, Pell Grants may be available to students enrolled in less than 6 units.
What is the Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant?
The Federal Supplemental Grant is awarded to the lowest income applicants without baccalaureate degrees who are enrolled in at least 6 units. Funds are extremely limited; many eligible students cannot be awarded. Federal law permits these grants to range in size from $100 to $4,000.