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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

When are CAPED Scholarships available for application?

Scholarship applications become available online May 1st and accepted through August 31st. 

When are CAPED Scholarships due?

The deadline for CAPED Scholarship Application submissions is August 31st at 11:59pm PST. There are no deadline extensions, no exceptions. Applicants are encouraged to apply early. Technical support for submission difficulties will not be addressed outside of regular business hours.

Where can I view scholarship general eligibility requirements?

Go to General Eligibility Requirements to review general eligibility requirements.

What scholarships are available this year and where can I view scholarship descriptions?

Go to Scholarship Descriptions to review scholarships and descriptions.

Where can I view CAPED Scholarship instructions?

Go to Scholarship Instructions to review instructions.

Where can I find the CAPED Scholarship Application?

Go to the Scholarship Application to apply.

What happens to my application once I submit it? When will I hear back from the Review Committee?

Go to Scholarship Process & Timeline for more information.

Can I start my application, save it, and return to it at a later time?

You cannot save your application and return to it at a later time. It is recommended to complete your standard essays, supplemental essays, and gather your necessary verification documents prior to beginning the online application process.

Can I apply for more than one CAPED Student Scholarship?

You may apply for up to a maximum of 3 scholarships. However, selected applicants will only receive 1 scholarship award. Only 1 CAPED Scholarship Application is necessary to apply to multiple scholarships. If you are applying to multiple scholarships, please click and select up to 3 scholarships in your online application.

Can I apply for a CAPED Scholarship if I am a high school senior?

No. Applicants must have completed at least 6 undergraduate semester units or 8 undergraduate quarter units from a public or private California college/university. Furthermore, the minimum grade point average (GPA) to apply is a 2.5 (unless otherwise specified).

Can I apply if I am a graduate student?

Yes. Graduate students must have a GPA of 3.0 and at least 3 graduate semester units or 4 graduate quarter units completed from a public or private California college/university.

Will CAPED accept my scanned or faxed application?

No. Only online applications may be submitted. Email, traditional mail, fax, and other submission methods are not acceptable.

How do I know if I qualify for the scholarship as a person with a disability?

Any student with a verified disability that substantially limits one or more major life activities, as defined in the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, who is enrolled in an accredited California university, community college, or private college is eligible to apply for CAPED Scholarships. Please note qualified students must also participate in their campus Disability Support Program/Office as well as meet CAPED Scholarship general eligibility requirements. In addition, specific scholarships may indicate unique eligibility requirements; see  General Eligibility Requirements and Scholarship Descriptions page for more information.

What disability verification do I need to submit?

A Disability Certification Form must be completed by your campus Disability Support Program/Office and attached to your application. Note: We cannot accept any other form of disability verification. 

How will my Scholarship Application be evaluated?

Applicants are considered for award based on a combination score from GPA, essays, and letter of recommendation. Failure to complete any part of the application will result in automatic disqualification.

What should the Letter of Recommendation include?

The letter of recommendation must be written by a college classroom instructor/professor describing your academic achievements and your ability to meet your scholastic responsibilities. The letter of recommendation needs to be signed by the person writing it (electronic signatures will be accepted).