After Completing the CADAA


Ensuring Your Cal Grant Eligibility: GPA Verification Made Easy

Whether you’re filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the California Dream Act Application, securing a Cal Grant can significantly help you along your college journey. The first crucial step is to verify your GPA, which is essential for accessing financial aid. While this process might seem daunting, we’re here to guide you through it smoothly. Here’s everything you need to know about Cal Grant GPA verification:

What is Cal Grant GPA Verification?

A Cal Grant GPA verification is a crucial part of your Cal Grant application. It ensures that your academic performance meets the eligibility requirements for receiving financial aid. The California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) requires your GPA to be submitted as part of your Cal Grant application. Renewal Cal Grant recipients do not need to submit this form.

Steps for GPA Verification

  1. Gather Your Information: Make sure you have your GPA calculated and ready. 
  2. Complete the GPA Verification Form: Fill it out accurately with your personal and academic information.
  3. Submit the Form: Submit your completed GPA verification form to your school or district. They will certify your GPA and send it to CSAC.

Important Tips

  • Meet Deadlines: Ensure your GPA verification form is submitted by the March 2 deadline to maximize your Cal Grant eligibility.
  • Check with Your School: Some schools automatically submit GPAs for students, so confirm with your school’s financial aid office if you need to take any additional steps.
  • Follow Up: After submission, follow up with CSAC or your school to confirm that your GPA has been received and processed.

Need Additional Support?

If you encounter any issues or have questions about the GPA verification process, you can contact the California Student Aid Commission by calling 888-224-7268 or emailing

Understanding the steps after filling out the FAFSA will help you get the financial aid you need. If you have any questions, ask your school’s financial aid office. Comparing your financial aid offers and planning your finances wisely will help you succeed in college. Good luck, and congrats on taking this important step toward your education! 

Have questions regarding the FAFSA or CADAA process? 

We’re here for you! Visit our Financial Resource section to find out which application is right for you. Have specific questions regarding the FAFSA or CADAA? Check out our office hours or visit for additional resources for you and your parent(s). 

Remember, verifying your GPA is a vital step in securing a Cal Grant and accessing financial aid for college. By understanding the GPA verification process and ensuring timely submission, you can maximize your chances of receiving aid. Don’t hesitate to seek help if needed, and stay on top of deadlines to achieve your educational goals. You can do it! 

Your CADAA is filed, now what?

Congratulations on filing your CADAA! You’ve taken a big step toward securing financial aid for[Text Wrapping Break]college. Now that you’ve completed your application, it’s time to figure out what happens next. Understanding the process that follows will help you stay on track and ensure you get the financial aid you need. From receiving confirmation emails to evaluating financial aid offers, we’re here to guide you every step of the way. Let’s dive into what you can expect after submitting your California Dream Act Application (CADAA) and how to make the most of your financial aid opportunities. 

Confirmation and Processing

After submitting your CADAA, you’ll get a confirmation email. This email means your application is being reviewed. If you have corrections, they can’t be made until the processing of your application is complete. In about 24 hours, your CADAA will be processed and you’ll receive a CADAA Submission Summary via email. Review this information carefully. 

After completing your application, the Cal Student Aid Report Page (CalSAR) will include a summary of information submitted to the CADAA. You will also receive a confirmation page to inform you if any additional steps are required. It will also display your Dream Act ID, which is the pseudo-SSN used to administer financial aid at colleges and universities.

Possible Paths for Your CADAA

Processed: Your information is sent to colleges. 
Action Required: Fix issues like missing signatures or incorrect information as outlined in your summary. 
Verification: Provide additional documentation if selected. 

If there are no errors, your Student Aid Index (SAI) will appear on your CADAA Submission Summary. Schools use your SAI to determine financial aid eligibility. Schools you listed will access your CADAA Summary and review your SAI and financial information to determine your aid package. 

Evaluate Your Financial Aid Offers

Financial aid offer letters will be issued directly from schools you listed on your CADAA. Compare these offers and discuss them with your parent/guardian or a trusted adult to make the best decision for your education.  

Your financial aid letter will include: 

  • Total Cost of Attendance (COA): Estimated yearly college expenses. 
  • Student Aid Index (SAI): Calculated from your CADAA to determine aid eligibility. 
  • Scholarships and Grants: Free money that doesn’t need to be repaid. 
  • Net Price: Cost of attendance minus scholarships and grants. 

Learn more about the different types of aid available by reading our guide on Exploring Financial Aid Options.

Didn’t Get Enough Financial Aid? Here’s What to Do

Request a change in circumstances from your college’s financial aid office. Here’s how: 

  • Know the Term: When you talk to your financial aid office, ask for a “change of circumstance.” 
  • Gather Documentation: Provide proof of any changes in your financial situation over the last two years. 
  • Initiate the Conversation: Contact your financial aid office to discuss your situation and request an adjustment. 

Finally, don’t worry! Check out free resources like SwiftStudent to help you write a financial aid appeal letter and further understand the financial aid appeal process. 

Making Your Decision

  • Financial Fit: Choose a school that offers a good financial fit, meaning you won’t be left with significant unmet needs or have to take out large loans. 
  • Create a Budget: Use your financial aid award letter to create a budget, considering all your expenses and the aid offered. 
  • Seek Advice: Talk to parents/guardians, trusted educators, and family members who attended college to get their perspectives. 

Understanding the steps after filling out the CADAA will help you get the financial aid you need. If you have any questions, ask your school’s financial aid office. Comparing your financial aid offers and planning your finances wisely will help you succeed in college. Good luck, and congrats on taking this important step toward your education!