Cal Grants Grade Point Average Submissions Due March 2, 2017

February 8, 2017

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Dear County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, High School Principals, and High School Counselors:

On October 1, 2016, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the California Dream Act Application (CADAA) became available. The earlier window provided more time for students and their families to plan and prepare for college.

Districts and high schools were previously encouraged to submit all senior grade point averages (GPAs) to the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) by October 2016 to maximize the benefits of the early FAFSA/CADAA. Cal Grant eligible students whose GPAs were submitted by October received their initial Cal Grant award notifications in November. These notifications give students financial aid information that assists them in making informed decisions during the college application process.

Thank you to all of you who have completed your GPA submission. Unfortunately, many high schools still need to submit GPAs for their seniors. The GPA submission should be completed as soon as possible but no later than March 2, 2017, which is the Cal Grant deadline.

Electronic GPA submission is achieved through the CSAC's WebGrants system, which is available on the CSAC Web page at https://webgrants.csac.ca.gov/common/logon.aspx.

For more information on WebGrants or if you need assistance in uploading your GPAs, please visit the CSAC Web site at http://www.csac.ca.gov/ or contact CSAC's Institutional Support Unit by phone at 888-294-0153 or by e-mail at schoolsupport@csac.ca.gov.

Thank you for your continued efforts to assist students in reaching their postsecondary educational goals.

Sincerely,

Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, California Department of Education

Lupita Cortez Alcalá, Executive Director, California Student Aid Commission