Can I still get a college grant (in california) if I pay in the beginning?

<p>I already know my income is eligable for college grants, but I will probably need to pay for the first semester or year out of pocket (with money saved up over a long period of time). So can I still get a grant later on if I use out of pocket in the beginning? Thanks for your time everyone!</p>

<p>If the grant money is available in that year, yes.</p>

<p>Why would you pay if you can get a grant. Save your money for when you can not get grants. Grants are free money to you.</p>

<p>Take the grant now if you’re eligible. Why wouldn’t you!! Save the money for later. the grants may be eliminated in the future!!!</p>

<p>You’re in Calif!!! Calif awards grants by credit total. If you exceed your credits, then you won’t get a grant. Take the grant NOW!!</p>

<p>If you are talking about Cal Grant, most likely not. If you transfer and start at a four-year university without a Cal Grant your first year, you won’t get it the next year. Did you file the FAFSA and GPA by March 2nd this year? If not, no Cal Grant.</p>

<p>He is probably saying he would have been eligible if he had filed the FAFSA and GPA on time.</p>

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<p>If you are talking about grants from your university, it would depend on their policies. Ask them.</p>

<p>Thanks everyone, yup pretty much what tocollege said, i would have gotten the money if I applied on time, but I didnt because I wasnt completely sure I wanted to go to the university I currently got accepted to (was thinking about re applying to other places), but now after much consideration, im down to go there. But now id obviously be applying for it late, hence be getting the money late.</p>

<p>Oh and the grant i was looking at was fafsa. Interesting, ill look into that credit limit thing, never knew of that</p>

<p>FAFSA is not a grant. It is a form that you and your parents complete in order to find out if you qualify for certain kinds of aid. File it now. Some kinds of federal aid can run out, but if you qualify for the other kinds, you will get it for this fall.</p>

<p>FAFSA doesn’t give grants.</p>

<p>if you have a low EFC, then you’d qualify for a fed Pell grant…and you’d sitll get that.</p>

<p>Are you sure that it’s too late to get a Ca grant? If so, then that’s that.</p>

<p>But, be VERY careful with your credits/units/hours for the next 2 years. If you have too many, that will be a problem when you want aid later at a Calif school.</p>

<p>If you’re going to a CC, then find out about TAG and follow all that closely. Also speak regularly with a CC advisor who knows about TAG, Cal Grants, etc.</p>

<p>Great, thanks again for the heads up in watching out.for my units, will definitely do cause im at a point where I need to watch out for them lol. Ya my sister got a grant and I thought it was fafsa, but I guess I was mistaken. Will ask her about it again.</p>

<p>Ya I talked to my sister today, and she said she thinks that the loan she got was Fafsa, but since you all are saying that fafsa doesnt give grants, im guessing it was a Pell Grant instead.</p>