We Support Our Student-Parents
Parent Grants support undergraduate student-parents with dependent children under the age of 18. The Parent Grant will automatically be awarded in your financial aid package based on your aid application. Award amounts are based on financial need and availability of funds each year. Disbursements are held until documentation confirming dependent children meet the conditions listed below. Parent Grants are coordinated with the California Student Aid Commission "Students with Dependents" (SWD) grant. If you qualify for a SWD grant your parent grant will be adjusted to make room for the SWD grant.
Parent Grants are available to undergraduate student-parents who meet all qualifying criteria:
Have at least one dependent child under the age of 18 as of the first day of the academic year, who is not attending college, and who lives with you at least 50% time during the academic year.
Must indicate on the FAFSA or California Dream Application that you have or will have children who will receive more than half of their support from you during the award year (July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021). This includes your unborn child(ren) who will be born during the award year and will receive more than half of their support from you.
Have demonstrated financial need based on the FAFSA or California Dream Act Application.
Be a California resident or an AB 540 eligible student.
Are not living in the on-campus residence halls.
If you are pregnant, the Parent Grant will be awarded in the term in which the child is born. For example, if the child is born is October, then the Parent Grant would be awarded for the full academic year. If the child is born in February, then the Parent Grant would be awarded for the spring term only.
If you meet all of the criteria listed above and are not awarded a Parent Grant, please contact Cal Student Central so that we can review your eligibility.
If you have a Parent Grant in your financial aid package and you do not meet all of the criteria listed above, please contact Cal Student Central, so that we can update your financial aid package accordingly.
Please Note: If you are a graduate student and are interested in the Parent Grant, please visit the Graduate Division’s Student Family Assistance page.
You can file a Summer Childcare Expense Appeal if you have not been awarded the maximum amount in a Summer Parent Grant; this is the only summer expense that may be appealed. Please refer to the Grant section on our Summer Financial Aid page.
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