But if a student qualifies for both (and would prefer one over the other) then they can request a program change if they are a new Cal Grant recipient and wish to have one over the other. It's not difficult at all and the school will have to honor your decision and adjust the financial aid offer accordingly.</p>
<p>Therefore, even if you have two students both with 0 EFCs (and both qualified for both Cal Grant A and B), but one received Cal Grant A and the other received Cal Grant B, they can have equal packages in terms of Cal Grant. The student just needs to be proactive and submit the change of program request before money is dispersed to the school.</p>
<p>I'm sincerely sorry that I cannot find what's so confusing about that part of it ):. It's a little paperwork heavy and does require knowing that this is an option, but that availability of that option is noted when a student receives notice of the award. Both in the physical paperwork and on the website that is logged into to view the status of the award. So really, there are no excuses for recipients not being aware of the option.</p>
Not just suggests, there ARE two types of Cal Grant A and Cal Grant B :). Entitlement is guaranteed, but Competitive is limited. You still need to have the GPA for both of them regardless whether the award is Entitlement or Competitive, though. That is why there is the GPA verification that must be submitted to receive either award in the first place.</p>
<p>The site states that to qualify for any Cal Grant you must meet the minimum GPA requirement.</p>
Cal Grant A and B Competitive Awards are for students who aren't eligible for the Entitlement awards. The main difference is that these awards are not guaranteed.
<p>Grants</a> for College Students, College Grants, Grants for School California: Cal Grant awards</p>
Cal Grant Entitlement Awards are guaranteed for every high school graduate who has at least a 2.0 GPA, meets the Cal Grant requirements (including financial need) and applies by March 2 of his or her senior year or the year following graduation. The guarantee extends to high school seniors who attend a California Community College and meet the requirements when theyre ready to transfer to a four-year college.</p>
<p>Students who arent high school seniors or recent graduates can compete for Cal Grant Competitive Awards. These awards arent guaranteed and only a limited number are available each yearhalf are set aside for students who apply by the March 2 deadline, and the other half are for California Community College students who meet the September 2 application deadline.
<p>Put simply: Entitlement awards go to those who apply for them and meet specific qualifications (ie, graduating senior, graduated within one year, JC transfer, etc). Competitive go to those who graduated from high school more than a year ago. But GPA minimums still apply regardless of Entitlement or Competitive.</p>
<p>So your child is more than likely an Entitlement receiver like I am ;)</p>
<p>Definitely read through all the information when you get a chance, it's like a treasure hunt to gather all the information :D.</p>