While California has steadily improved its Cal Grant application rates, it can do even better.

Paving the Path to College Aid: Expanding Access to the Cal Grant Program looks at promising practices for increasing Cal Grant application rates, including the initial implementation of AB 2160, a new law introduced by Assemblymember Phil Ting and sponsored by Ed Trust–West, to streamline the Cal Grant application process by requiring that high schools submit GPAs electronically. The brief outlines tangible practices that county offices of education, districts, and schools are using to meet this new requirement and increase Cal Grant access, and concludes with recommendations for ways state and local leaders can further improve access to financial aid.

Additional resources for improving equity in California’s Cal Grant program

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