California State Financial Aid: Grants & Scholarships

First, File FAFSA®

Filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, FAFSA®, is the first step in receiving federal financial aid in Arkansas like grants (including the Pell grant), loans, scholarships, and work-study programs. 

Apply for California State Financial Aid

The state of California has a variety of state-based financial aid programs available to its residents. 

Cal Grant Programs

The Cal Grant is a California-specific financial aid program that does not need to be paid back. Cal Grant applicants must apply for the FAFSA® or CADAA by the deadline and meet all eligibility, financial, and minimum GPA requirements of either program. 

Grants are for students attending University of California, California State University or California Community College, or qualifying independent and career colleges or technical schools in California.

Chafee Youth Grant

This California grant program is available to students who are or were in foster care between the ages of 16-18.

Golden State Teacher Grant Program

The Golden State Teacher Grant program (GSTG) is for students who are currently enrolled in a teacher preparation program and commit to teach at a priority school, in California for four years, within five years of completing the teacher preparation program.

Eligible students could be granted up to $20,000GSTG awards of up to $20,000. 

For more information on California state-based financial aid programs, click the button below. 

Have questions about California state financial aid or the FAFSA® process? The Frank Team is here for you. We can be reached via email at or by text at (347) 690-7886. 

Good luck!