Grants and Scholarships

Federal Grants

Any learner who wishes to apply for federal grants must complete:

  1. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for every school year enrolled.
  2. All admission requirements for their program.

Federal Pell Grant

A Federal Pell Grant Federal Pell Grant, unlike a loan, does not have to be repaid. Federal Pell Grants are usually awarded only to undergraduate learners who have not earned a bachelor's or a professional degree.

Learners can receive the Federal Pell Grant for no more than 12 semesters or the equivalent. Learners will receive notification from the federal government if they are close to or have surpassed the limit via the Student Aid Report (SAR). If you have any questions, contact the Office of Student Financial Services at (626) 857-2461 or sfs@uc.apu.edu.

California Grants (Cal Grants)

There are several types of Cal Grant awards. Each of the Cal Grants listed below are for learners pursuing an associate’s or bachelor’s degree or an occupational training program. Students normally qualify for Cal Grant A or Cal Grant B Competitive Awards.

  • Cal Grant A Competitive Awards are for learners with a minimum 3.0 GPA who are from low- and middle-income families. These awards help pay tuition and fees at qualifying schools with academic programs that are at least two years in length.
  • Cal Grant B Competitive Awards are for learners with a minimum 2.0 GPA who are from disadvantaged and low-income families. These awards can be used for tuition, fees, and access costs at qualifying schools with programs that are at least one year in length. If you get a Cal Grant B Competitive Award, it can only be used for access costs in the first year. These costs include living expenses, transportation, supplies, and books. Beginning the second year, you can use your Cal Grant B Competitive Award to help pay tuition and fees at public or private four-year colleges or other qualifying schools.

The deadline for submitting your FAFSA and Cal Grant GPA verification information is March 2, prior to the beginning of the award year. University College recommends that you complete your FAFSA as soon as possible, starting January 1. Learners can follow up on their Cal Grant status and requirements through their WebGrants 4 Students account.

Outside Scholarships

We encourage you to visit scholarship organizations’ websites for detailed and updated information, and apply at your own discretion. University College does not endorse or recommend any specific organization, individual, position, product, or service promoted by outside scholarship sites.

If you are awarded an outside scholarship, please notify the Office of Student Financial Services. These scholarship amounts will be added to your award letter.

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