11 Things to Know About Cal Grants

6. Entitlement and Competitive Awards

In addition to grants, students can also be approved for entitlement awards based on grade point average, family income, and assets. First-time freshmen who might not receive the tuition grant may qualify for a supplemental grant that can be used for books, supplies, transportation, and living expenses. Students who do not qualify for the entitlement awards could qualify for competitive scholarships based on a low income, GPA, and program of study if working towards a high demand career.