In the state of California, many opportunities exist to further your education. There are colleges and universities with two year and four year programs. There are also technical and vocational colleges where one can learn a specific skill. You can get the educational background that you need to follow whatever dream you may have. But education costs money. Many give up when they find out the costs of education in our time but it doesn't have to be that way. There are many ways to fund an education and one of those ways is through scholarships. In California, students of all levels can take advantage of California scholarships that relieve the financial burden of getting an education.
The California Student Aid Commission has a selection of loans and scholarships that students can take advantage of to help fund their post-secondary education. There are four types of Cal Grant scholarships that can be helpful. The first two scholarships are the Competitive Cal Grant Scholarships. These scholarships apply to students that are not recent high school graduates and are attending an approved college or university program in the state of California. This can be a two year or four year program or a vocational or occupational program. The recipients of these scholarships must show financial need and must include a financial need analysis in their applications along with verification of GPA. In the Competitive Cal Grant A Scholarship, applicants must have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA and may receive up to $9,708 for the scholarship. Applicants for the Competitive Cal Grant B Scholarship must have a minimum of a 2.0 GPA and recipients may be awarded up to $11,259.
The second set of California scholarships is the Entitlement Cal Grant Scholarships. These scholarships are for recent high school graduates. Like the Competitive Scholarships, these can be applied to a two year or four year program or a vocational or occupational program. These also are for students who demonstrate financial need. Applicants of the Entitlement Cal Grant A Scholarships must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and those who apply for the Entitlement Cal Grant B Scholarships must have no lower than a 2.0 GPA. Along with the application form, applicants should included verification of their GPA along with a financial needs analysis. Recipients of the Entitlement Cal Grant A Scholarships can receive up to $9,708 and up to $11,259 for the Entitlement Cal Grant B Scholarships.