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Grants

State Grants

Each year, the state of California invests millions of dollars in helping the state’s residents achieve their higher education goals. Of the programs offered, the most common are the Cal Grant A, Cal Grant B,
and Chafee Grant. These funds are not guaranteed. The state reserves the right to change, reduce, or eliminate any of the programs described below based on state law and budget limitations.

State Aid can be separated into three categories:

  1. Cal Grant A
  2. Cal Grant B
  3. Chafee Grant for Foster Youth

The following information is a general guideline. For more information, and for any changes or revisions, visit http://calgrants.org, and http://www.csac.ca.gov/.

Important Note:
Please be advised that funding from all sources listed is not guaranteed. Budget limitations may reduce or eliminate any of the awards described, without notice. Also, on rare occasions, the amount of financial aid originally offered may be reduced or eliminated due to federal, state, and/or institutional policies. See the “Stacking Financial Aid” policy in the following section for more information on possible restrictions.

Cal Grant A

First time recipients: Contact the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC), for specific details.

Qualifications
  1. California resident
  2. California high school graduate
  3. 3.0 or higher high school GPA
  4. Family’s income and assets are under the ceilings established for that year.
  5. Enrolled at least half time
  6. Student is not already receiving a scholarship/grant that covers the price of tuition.
Yearly Amount

At APU, the estimated Cal Grant A amount is $9,708 for the 2011–12 school year ($4,854/semester). Award amount will be prorated if enrolled less than full time (9–11 units at 75 percent, 6–8 units at 50 percent).

How to Apply
  1. Complete the FAFSA for the appropriate school year by the March 2 deadline (prior to fall enrollment).
  2. Complete the GPA Verification Form for the appropriate school year by the March 2 deadline (prior to fall enrollment).
Disbursement

Once the student’s admissions and financial aid files are complete, the Cal Grant A usually disburses into the student’s APU account during the first month of the semester (first half of the grant disbursed in fall, the second half in spring), or later depending on when documentation is received.

To Retain Eligibility, a Student:
  1. Must be enrolled at least half time (6 units) per semester.
  2. Must maintain satisfactory academic progress.
  3. Must have remaining eligibility per the state.
  4. Must meet the state’s financial eligibility requirements.
  5. Must have sufficient financial need (in conjunction with other scholarships/grants received), per the information reported on the FAFSA. “Need” is defined as Cost of Attendance minus Expected Family Contribution. Per the state’s requirements, some of the other scholarships or grants originally offered to the student may be reduced if there is not sufficient need.
Renewal Recipients:

Contact the California Student Aid Commission, CSAC, for specific details.
All of the criteria listed above is required. A GPA Verification Form is not required for renewal.

Cal Grant B

First time recipients

Contact the California Student Aid Commission, CSAC, for the specific details

Qualifications
  1. California resident
  2. California high school graduate
  3. Student’s high school GPA meets the requirement set by the state
  4. Family’s income and assets are under the ceilings established by CSAC for that school year.
  5. Enrolled at least half time
  6. Student is not already receiving a scholarship/grant that covers the price of tuition (ROTC, etc.).
Yearly Amount

Students in their first year of college typically are only offered the Cal Grant B Access/Subsistence award of $1,551 for the 2011–12 school year ($776 one semester, $775 the next). Award amount will be prorated if enrolled less than full time (9–11 units at 75 percent, 6–8 units at 50 percent).

How to Apply
  1. Complete the FAFSA for the appropriate school year by the March 2 deadline (prior to fall enrollment).
  2. Complete the GPA Verification Form for the appropriate school year by the March 2 deadline (prior to fall enrollment).
Disbursement

Once the student’s admissions and financial aid files are complete, the Cal Grant B and/or B Access/Subsistence award usually disburses into the student’s APU account during the first month of the semester (first half of the grant disbursed in fall, the second half in spring), or later depending on when documentation is received.

To Retain Eligibility, a Student:
  1. Must be enrolled at least half time (6 units) per semester.
  2. Must maintain satisfactory academic progress.
  3. Must have remaining eligibility per the state.
  4. Must meet the state’s financial eligibility requirements.
  5. Must have sufficient financial need (in conjunction with other scholarships/grants received), per the information reported on the FAFSA. “Need” is defined as Cost of Attendance minus Expected Family Contribution. Per the state’s requirements, some of the other scholarships or grants originally offered to the student may be reduced if there is not sufficient need.
Renewal Recipients:

Contact the California Student Aid Commission, CSAC, for specific details.
All of the criteria listed above is required. A GPA Verification Form is not required for renewal.

Yearly Amount for Renewal Recipients

After the initial year, Cal Grant B recipients are generally eligible to receive the full Cal Grant B award, estimated to be $9,708 for the 2011–12 school year ($4,854/semester), in addition to the Cal Grant B Access/Subsistence award of $1,551. Award amounts will be prorated if enrolled less than full time (9–11 units at 75 percent, 6–8 units at 50 percent).

How the Cal Grant B Access/Subsistence Award is Processed at APU

The access grant is designated for costs including living expenses, transportation, supplies, and books. Azusa Pacific University policy states that all access grants will be transferred directly to the student’s institutional account and applied toward any owing balance.

The student has the right to request, in writing, a direct refund of the access grant and that it be excluded from paying the outstanding balance on the student account. If the written request is received after the access grant has already been applied to the student account, any future access grants will be awarded directly to the student. Please note: This may cause an outstanding balance on the student’s account. An outstanding balance will prevent class registration.

Chafee Grant for Foster Youth

Please contact the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) for more information on the qualifications needed, how to apply, yearly amounts, and disbursement information. For more information, visit http://www.csac.ca.gov/.

California Student Aid Commission may be reached by phone at (888) 224-7268 or at www.csac.ca.gov/.

California License Examination Passage Rates

Learn more about Azusa Pacific University's license examination passage rates by visiting:

Teaching (See pages 246, 249, and 252 for APU test results):
http://www.ctc.ca.gov/reports/T2_State_Report_2010-2011.pdf

Nursing:
http://www.rn.ca.gov/schools/passrates.shtml