Cal Grant

The Cal Grant is money for college that you do not have to pay back.

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Cal Grant quick facts

Type and source Need-based, provided by the State of California
Financial aid amount
  • Cal Grant B: up to $1,648 per year
  • Cal Grant C: up to $1,094 per year
  • Cal Grant A for students with dependents: up to $6000 per year
  • Cal Grant B for students with dependents: up to $6024 per year
  • Cal Grant C for students with dependents: up to $4000 per year
How to apply
Deadline for application
  • Community College deadline: September 2
Renewal Annually

Important information for Cal Grant applicants

    • The Cal Grant is free money for college funded by the State of California and does not have to be repaid.
    • The number of Cal Grant awards is limited. Apply early to increase your chances of receiving a Cal Grant.
    • Both the FAFSA and GPA Verification are required to apply.
    • If you are an undocumented AB540 student, you are eligible to apply for Cal Grants by completing both the California DREAM Application and GPA Verification by September 2.
    • There are several types of Cal Grant awards available and the amount received varies. Learn more about the differences between Cal Grant A, B, C.
    • You must maintain at least a half-time enrollment status ( six units) in order to receive the Cal Grant.
    • To continue receiving the Cal Grant, you must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress.
    • Cal Grant eligibility are determined by the California Student Aid Commission then verified by your college.
    • All Cal Grant recipients must create an account online through Web Grants for Students.
    • Follow the link to learn more about the Cal Grant Program.

Cal Grant disclosures

Per California Assembly Bill (AB) 2086, the following information is made available to provide access to California license examination passage rates for graduates of Diablo Valley College programs that require California licensure. Data will continue to be updated as California licensing and/or regulatory agencies make the data electronically available.

Below are the licensing exam passage rates for DVC students graduating in the following programs:

Dental Assisting (Associate Degree and Certificate)

  • DVC graduate passage rate for 21-22: TBD%

For dental assisting, the latest published written and practical exam results are available on the Dental Board of California's Examination Statistics website. *As of 8/15/2022, students enrolled in the Dental Assisting 2022 cohort are waiting to take the California Dental Assisting Exam.  

Dental Hygiene (Associate Degree)

  • DVC graduate passage rate for 21-22: 90%

Pass rate data by school for dental hygiene is not available by the licensing agency. However, aggregate data is available through the Dental Hygiene Board of California by reviewing the DHCC 2018 Sunset Review Report to the Legislature.

All financial aid students are required to check their DVC student email account through InSite on a regular basis in order to receive notifications, file status updates, announcements, and further instructions from the Financial Aid Office. Follow the link for instructions on how to check your financial aid status through InSite.

Financial Aid school codes:

  • DVC FAFSA Federal School Code: 001191
  • DVC CA DREAM Act Application School Code: 00119100

Contact Financial Aid


Telephone: 925-969-2009


Fax: 925-691-1132 

Office location: SSC building, first floor Pleasant Hill campus map

Office location

Admissions and Records, San Ramon campus map