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Cal and Pell Grant Transfer

kkthxby3kkthxby3 Registered User Posts: 92 Junior Member
If I start school with my Pell and Cal going to one school, but then decide I rather go to a different school a few weeks later (within the same semester), will those funds be transferred to the new school?
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Replies to: Cal and Pell Grant Transfer

  • swimcatsmomswimcatsmom Registered User Posts: 15,649 Senior Member
    I'm not quite sure what you mean. Payment of Tuition and fees and other expenses (room and board etc) are usually due within the first few days of school starting. Your grants and FA for the semester will have already been used to pay those expenses.

    If you complete the semester but transfer to another school for the next semester, you will need to resubmit FAFSA to the new school and they will make you a new FA offer. It does not automatically transfer as such - but the Pell should be the same.
  • kelsmomkelsmom Super Moderator Posts: 14,514 Super Moderator
    You are only eligible to receive federal aid at one school per semester. If you begin at one school and receive Pell, you will not receive any Pell at your new school ... and you will actually have to repay a good portion of the Pell you received at the first school. Even if you are enrolled a single day at one school, you "earn" some Pell there ... so the second school can't pay you any Pell in that semester. This happened more than a few times where I used to work, and it caused issues for students.

    Why do you ask about this???
  • kkthxby3kkthxby3 Registered User Posts: 92 Junior Member
    I'm currently enrolled at one school but unsure if I can afford it due to a cut that was made to my university grant last minute so I am considering a second school. The first school starts next week whereas this second school next month. So if I were to drop the classes and withdraw (however that is done), and update my Calgrant to be redirected to this second school (before my classes start and before the due date of my current bill at the first school), will the Pell and Cal grant go this second school? Or is it already too late?

    I've been checking my bill for the first school and nothing has yet been posted from my government grants.

    Also, this second school was requiring me to confirm my grants by August 14, which it is now the 20. Does that matter? It looks like I can still confirm on their website if I choose to do this.
  • kelsmomkelsmom Super Moderator Posts: 14,514 Super Moderator
    Your Pell grant will be available to you at the other school if you don't use it at the first school. I don't know how the Calgrant works, although I am sure you can switch it to the other school. Check your state website - there should be a number you can call.
  • KenderKender Registered User Posts: 1,114 Senior Member
    Shouldn't the real question be if the student can switch schools at all? Looking at the post history, the OP has only two schools in recent posts that qualify for Cal Grant: USC and UCSD.

    Based on the information the OP has given, I'd speculate that USC is the "beginning next week" as classes start August 27 for them. UCSD, on the quarter system, won't begin for another month.

    The OP is also a transfer. The deadline to accept one offer of admission has long since passed. I doubt UCSD would even admit someone so late if it is indeed UCSD that the OP is speaking about. It would also appear that the OP might have been rescinded from UCSD? There is something about IGETC certification not having been mailed and the assumption that UCSD would do the legwork to confirm this certification (for those that don't know, IGETC is the certification transfers from CCCs can follow to have their GEs cleared before transfer to a UC or CSU; it must be requested from the issuing CCC to be sent to the choice of California 4-year that accepts it). I'm not seeing anything that necessarily indicates that admission has been rescinded, but it would seem a potential factor since the OP has a thread about it being after the deadline to submit IGETC.

    The above is just speculation on the little information the OP has provided and the OP's post history. I am by no means saying this is the situation.

    That said, I do not think Cal Grant would be able to transfer to a new school once it has already been dispersed for the semester/quarter. Yes, the school receiving the money can be changed, but, as I recall, this must be done before the money is due.
  • kkthxby3kkthxby3 Registered User Posts: 92 Junior Member
    From what I gather, if I withdraw from classes within the add/drop dates as outlined by school the money will be refunded 100% federally. So I'm assuming the Pell grant would just go back and can be applied else where... Right? =/

    But what about the CalGrant?
  • kelsmomkelsmom Super Moderator Posts: 14,514 Super Moderator
    Pell ... if you drop BEFORE school starts, all the money will go back & you can use it at the other school. If you are enrolled for even a day once school starts, you "earn" a portion of your Pell. You can repay it to the school & ask them to return it so you can receive it at the new school ... but you will have to communicate in order to make that work out. I know this, because that used to be my job in financial aid.

    CaGrant I am not sure about. I don't know when they certify the money & send to the school. Back when my state actually had grants for college students, we didn't get the payment from the state until mid-December. Even so, students had to indicate the school & schools had to send a roster of eligible students in advance. Check with the state CalGrant office ... I am sure there is a toll-free number, or it may be addressed on the website.
  • KenderKender Registered User Posts: 1,114 Senior Member
    CSAC website would have the number.

    Cal Grant monies are distributed before school starts. As I said, I doubt that they can be transferred in the same term. But final word would have to be gotten from CSAC on that. I can't find anything that says one can or can't accomplish this.

    Again, though, would switching schools even be possible? If it is any of the CSUs or UCs being switched to, they are very unlikely to allow anyone to decide to attend shortly before the term starts. The OP as a transfer would already have declined an offer of admission at this quarter based school to attend the semester based. One can decide on a whim to switch CCCs, that's far more easy, but any of the publics in Cali that accept Cal Grant and are on the quarter system have space at a premium and one would have needed to have accepted an offer of admission months ago (June 1 for transfers as I recall) to secure a spot at the university.

    The funding being transferable in the same term matters little if one can't even attend the new school. OP, they've likely long since given away your spot at whatever quarter-based school you're hoping to attend if you don't like the semester-based school.
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