Presentation on theme: "I’ve Applied for a Cal Grant What’s Next?"— Presentation transcript:
1 I’ve Applied for a Cal Grant What’s Next? For CA Dream Act FilersPresented byThe California Student Aid CommissionMarch, 2013
2 What We’ll Cover What is WebGrants for Students How to create a WebGrants for Students AccountViewing your Application StatusYour California Aid ReportRequesting a School Change or Leave of AbsenceUpdating your Demographic InformationPrivacy (FERPA)High School Cal Grant Entitlement AwardsUse of your Cal Grant Award at a California Community CollegeCal Grant Award AmountsCal Grant Renewal EligibilityMissed the March 2 Deadline?Cal Grant AppealsThis presentation is geared towards high school seniors. If you are not a high school senior, some of this information will vary for you. Check out the commission’s website for information regarding your Cal Grants
3 After you complete the Dream Act Application Establish a WebGrants for Students Account atMake sure that your college and the Student Aid Commission always have your correct demographic informationKeep your college of attendance correct on WebGrants
4 Further Notes for Dreamers Selective Service Registration is required for males age 18 to 25Dreamers offered any financial aid assistance must complete an affidavit which certifies that they meet the AB 540 eligibility requirements.You may have to file federal income tax returns:A single person - if you made $9,750 or moreA married person - $19,500
5 Further Notes for Dreamers The recent federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) does not prevent students from applying for California Dream Act financial aid.California students who have applied for or received approval for Deferred Action should complete the California Dream Act Application, not the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).Do not enter your DACA approved SSN on the CA Dream Act Application.
6 What is WebGrants 4 Students? “WebGrants 4 Students” is a California Student Aid Commission website that:Is separate from the California Dream Act Application siteProvides secure, convenient and user-friendly 24-hour access to your Cal Grant and Chafee Grant award informationEmpowers you to stay on top of your grant applicationProvides valuable information about other types of financial aidProvides links to other related financial aid sites
7 Go to www.webgrants4students.org Hit “Create an Account”
8 Creating a WebGrants 4 Students Account Creating a WebGrants 4 Students Account offers YOU the tools to manage your own Cal Grant Award.Enter your name as you did on the CA Dream Act Application.To get started, you need to create an account.
9 CSAC must have a completed Dream Act Application or GPA on file to create an Account Instead of a Social Security Number, students who completed the Dream Act Application must use their Dream Act ID number to establish a WebGrants for Students account.
13 CONFIRM YOUR ACCOUNT INFORMATION John Smith01/23/19921234 MAIN STREET, CITYVILLE, CA 95662
14 Anything in the RED Requirements Section needs to be completed before a Cal Grant award can be offered.This is the main menu, it is important that you look at the bottom of the page for any required information. If you click on the link and do not hit submit, you will loose the link and you will have to print out the G-23 correction form for any corrections you may need to make. Like High School Graduation Date or the Wrong School code.
15 Application Status **ANIMATION** As some of you may know, the application for a Cal Grant consists of 2 things.-a current year FAFSA-and a GPA Verification formThe application status screen is for you to check the status of your FAFSA and GPA and also allows you to view the GPA that your school may have submitted to verify it’s accuracy.As you can see in this example, the 2 green checkmarks indicate that we have received both the FAFSA and GPA. The application has been processed and the student has been awarded and now all this student needs to do is wait until their application is processed
16 Student Award Detail **ANIMATION** This screen is only available once your application has been processed.In the Award Detail screen under notes, we need to add something like, " Make sure you understand the reason for which you were "NOT AWARDED" In most cases the error can be corrected.If student is a dependent, all financial info and marital status is of your parent.
17 California Aid Report (CAR) Official CSAC Cal Grant Award Letter-List’s the first 3 schools from FAFSA and the Award amount for each school.-After being awarded, you need to read your CAR as it provides further information regarding your award-Can be printed and given to school upon request
18 Making a School ChangeWe will consider you for the top California schools listed on your CA Dream Act Application.Cal Grants may only be used at eligible California colleges and universities.Use your WebGrants Account to tell us where to send your Cal Grant.Your financial need will be reevaluated once you have made a school change.Look carefully for the school you want to select using the drop down menu.You must keep us updated on your school of attendance for your Cal Grant to be paid outRemember, your financial need will be reevaluated if you change your school choice.If your college expenses are reduced due to a school change, your grant may be reduced or withdrawn accordingly.A student may request a Cal Grant leave of absence if the student is unable to attend at least half-time during part of the school year do to:not getting into classesenrollment capspostponing enrollmentStudents will continue to have potential Cal Grant eligibility until they have exceeded the maximum leave time (150%).
19 Making a School Change Drop Down List of eligible Cal Grant schools. You must keep us updated on your school of attendance for your Cal Grant to be paid outRemember, your financial need will be reevaluated if you change your school choice.If your college expenses are reduced due to a school change, your grant may be reduced or withdrawn accordingly.A student may request a Cal Grant leave of absence if the student is unable to attend at least half-time during part of the school year do to:not getting into classesenrollment capspostponing enrollmentStudents will continue to have potential Cal Grant eligibility until they have exceeded the maximum leave time (150%).
20 A LEAVE OF ABSENCE Using the School Change/LOA Link You can request a Cal Grant leave of absence if you are unable to attend at least half-time during part of the school year due to:Not getting into classesCampus enrollment capsDeciding to enroll the following termYou must keep us updated on your school of attendance for your Cal Grant to be paid outRemember, your financial need will be reevaluated if you change your school choice.If your college expenses are reduced due to a school change, your grant may be reduced or withdrawn accordingly.A student may request a Cal Grant leave of absence if the student is unable to attend at least half-time during part of the school year do to:not getting into classesenrollment capspostponing enrollmentStudents will continue to have potential Cal Grant eligibility until they have exceeded the maximum leave time (150%).
21 Make sure CSAC always has your current info on file School will not notify CSAC of any demographic changes. (students responsibility)CSAC needs to be able to contact you regarding your Cal Grant application or award, so keep your contact info up to date.If you move from your current address, or change your address, notify CSAC of the updated informationIf you need to change/correct your name or DOB, you will need to contact CSAC, change cannot be made on WGS.
22 PrivacyThe Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of your education records.If you are either 18 years or older or attending college, we are unable to assist anyone, including your parent(s), with questions pertaining to your account without your permission. To give permission for a third party, like your Mom or Dad, to access your account information you can log into your webgrants4students account and click on, “Allow Third Party Access to My Account” or submit the Third Party Release Form located on csac.ca.gov
23 Cal Grant Entitlement You have Three Chances to Apply for a Cal Grant As a high school seniorWithin one year after graduating from high school or receiving your GEDAs a California Community College transfer student, as long as you are under the age of 28 and meet the other program requirements
24 High School Cal Grant Entitlement Awards Awarded to recent high school graduates or equivalent (GED)High school GPA is requiredMust meet minimum GPA, income and asset ceilings, and general eligibility requirementsPotentially unlimited number of awards2013/14 AY: graduated on or after July 1, 2011Entitlement participation requires high school graduation. Note that CAHSEE must be passed, if required.
25 High School Graduation Certification Your Cal Grant Entitlement award is tentative and will remain on hold until you verify your High School Graduation DateAFTER YOU GRADUATE log back in to your Webgrants4Students account to certify you graduated from high schoolUsing your account to certify your high school graduation will remove your hold within minutes1) on-line will remove the hold within minutes2) By mail it can take 4-6 weeks for it to be keyed into our system.
26 Transfer Entitlement Awards Community College to 4 year This Cal Grant is for students attending a California Community College (CCC) and are transferring to a 4 year college or universityCalifornia Community College GPA requiredMeet minimum GPA, income and asset ceilings, and eligibility requirementsPotentially unlimited number of awardsSeniors if you do not qualify for an entitlement award, you may qualify for a Transfer Entitlement.
27 Use of your Cal Grant Award at a California Community College Cal Grant A automatically put in reserve for two years while attending a Community CollegeCal Grant B can be used at a Community CollegeCal Grant C payable at a CC
28 Cal Grant A Held in Reserve Award Held in ReserveThe awards are held in CCC Reserve status and are automatically renewed for up to two years if enrollment continued at the community collegeYour Cal Grant funds may become available to you when you transfer to an Cal Grant eligible, degree-granting, tuition/fee- charging school, if you meet all the renewal requirements at the time of transfer.You may request a third year of reserve in writing, if your reason is beyond your control, by submitting an appeal form.Cal Grant A award does not pay at a community college
29 Qualified for both Cal Grant A & B Some students meet the eligibility requirements for both Cal Grant A and Cal Grant BBut, students can only have one Cal Grant award at a timeSee your financial aid advisor to determine the best Cal Grant award for youHave a GPA of 3.0 and meet the income and asset ceilings of both programs.
30 Cal Grant A Pays University of California $12192 (Tuition/Fees) California State University$ 5472 (Tuition/Fees)Community CollegeAward is held in ReservePrivate / Proprietary$9084 (Tuition/Fees)Maximum Award Amounts are based on Full-time Enrollment.
31 Cal Grant B Pays University of California $12192 (Tuition /Fees) $1473 (Access)Only Pays Access the Freshman YearCalifornia State University$ 5472 (Tuition/Fees) $1473 (Access)Only Pays Access the Freshman YearCommunity College$ 1473 (Access)Private / ProprietaryUp to $9084 (Tuition/Fees) $1473 (Access)Maximum Award Amounts are based on Full-time Enrollment.
32 How Long Might I have a Cal Grant? 1st time freshman are potentially eligible for up to four years of Cal Grant paymentWhat is your educational goal - an Associate Degree or a Bachelors Degree?Use your eligibility wiselySave eligibility for when you transferCan take breaks by using a Leave of Absence1) may receive up to the equivalent of four years of full-time grant payments2) eligibility will be based on your educational level at the time you receive your first Cal Grant payment3) eligibility will be reduced by each term that you receive payment.4) Students may use more than one year of Cal Grant eligibility in a calendar year if they are attending a year round school
33 Renewing Your Cal Grant File a Dream Act Application every year you are in college.Do not need to submit a GPAMeet income and asset ceilings.These requirements can be found atMeet minimum financial need criteriaMaintain Satisfactory Academic ProgressAttend a Cal Grant eligible school located in California.Cost of AttendanceExpected Family ContributionRenewal Cal Grant NeedCal Grant ACSU $ $1500 = $6972UC $ $1500 = $13692Private $ $1500 = $10584Cal Grant BMinimum need of $700 requiredCal Grant C$ $1500 = $5724
34 Missed the March 2 Deadline? You can file an appeal with the Commission if you were not able to submit your CA Dream Act Application or your GPA on-time due to circumstances beyond your control.CSAC must receive an appeal byMay 16, 2013.You can find the Cal Grant Appeals Form at Search for Participant Forms and Applications.
35 March 2 Entitlement (Began Awarding in Late February) Award CyclesMarch 2 Entitlement (Began Awarding in Late February)March 2 Transfer Entitlement (May)Cal Grant C for vocational students
36 Resources California Dream Act Application site: www.caldreamact.org CA Dream Act Flyer –E4FC & CSAC CADA Guide –Deferred Action (DACA) -Life After DACA Blog -