Cal Grants for Professional Students
There are several types of Cal Grant awards. Each of the Cal Grants listed below are for students pursuing an undergraduate degree, such as an associate’s or bachelor’s, 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 students 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 students 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.
Please note: that the deadline for submitting your FAFSA and Cal Grant GPA verification information is March 2 prior to the beginning of the award year. APU recommends that you complete your FAFSA as soon as possible. Students can follow up on their Cal Grant status and requirements through their WebGrants 4 Students account.
Cal Grants for Graduate Students
Cal Grant A and B
Students who received Cal Grant A and Cal Grant B as undergraduate students have 15 months to enroll in a teacher education program to renew this funding. A Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be filed and a Cal Grant Teaching Credential Application (G-44) (PDF) sent to the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) to continue receipt of these funds.
Cal Grant B Access
Cal Grant B Access award may allow up to $1,551 for the academic year. The Access Grant is designated for costs including living expenses, transportation, supplies, and books.
Azusa Pacific University policy states we will transfer your eligible Access Grant award to your student account toward your outstanding balance.
You have the right to request, in writing, your Access Grant be refunded to you excluding it from paying the outstanding balance on your student account. If your award has transferred prior to your written request, APU will no longer apply the Access Grant to outstanding balance for future disbursements.
Please note: An outstanding balance on your student account will prevent future registrations from being processed.
Who is eligible to apply:
- Anyone who received at least one payment in the Cal Grant A or B program as an undergraduate.
- Anyone who has received a bachelor’s degree, or completed all required coursework for their bachelor's degree.
- Anyone who has been accepted into and is enrolled in a professional teacher preparation program at a California Commission on Teacher Credentialing-approved institution within 15 months of the end of the term for which the recipient last received a Cal Grant payment.
- Anyone who has not received or submitted an application for an initial Teaching Credential, such as a Preliminary or Clear Credential.
- Anyone who maintains financial need for a Cal Grant renewal.
Eligibility requirements per CSAC.
Student must submit:
- A Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- A Cal Grant Teaching Credential Application (G-44) (PDF) form to the California Student Aid Commission
- A completed Online Information Worksheet to APU’s Office of Graduate and Professional Student Financial Services.
Cal A and B Eligible Classes
Mild/Moderate Disabilities Specialist Preliminary Credential, Non-Intern
- EDUC - EDUC 504;
- SPED - SPED 506; SPED 511; SPED 516; SPED 530; SPED 531; SPED 535; SPED 536; SPED 537; SPED 540; SPED 566A/B; SPED 576A/B; SPED 582
Mild/Moderate Disabilities Specialist Preliminary Credential, Intern
- EDUC - EDUC 504;
- SPED - SPED 505; SPED 511; SPED 515; SPED 530; SPED 531; SPED 535; SPED 536; SPED 537; SPED 540; SPED 565A/B; SPED 575A/B; SPED 582
Moderate/Severe Disabilities Specialist Preliminary Credential, Non-Intern
Moderate/Severe Disabilities Specialist Preliminary Credential, Intern
Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, Non-Intern
- EDUC - EDUC 504; EDUC 572
- TEP - TEP 506; TEP 516; TEP 526; TEP 536; TEP 546; TEP 556; TEP 566A/B; TEP 576A/B; TEP 586
Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, Intern
- EDUC - EDUC 504; EDUC 572;
- TEP - TEP 505; TEP 515; TEP 525; TEP 535; TEP 545; TEP 555; TEP 565A/B; TEP 575A/B
Single Subject Teaching Credential, Non-Intern
- EDUC - EDUC 504; EDUC 572
- TEP - TEP 508; TEP 518; TEP 528; TEP 548; TEP 558; TEP 568A/B; TEP 578A/B; TEP 588
Single Subject Teaching Credential, Intern
An eligible Cal Grant recipient must not:
- Owe a refund on any state or federal educational grant or have delinquent or defaulted student loans
- Have received or been eligible to receive any Cal Grant undergraduate benefits for the last 15 months
- Have received any extended teacher credential program benefits in any State Cal Grant program
- Already have or applied for an initial teaching authorization such as a preliminary or clear credential
- Exceed the income or asset ceilings determined for the year in which the aid is made