Golden State Education and Training Program

Get the skills and support you need to start a new career.

About the Grant

The Golden State Education and Training Grant Program (GSETGP) supports Californians who lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic with a one-time grant of $2,500 to reskill, up-skill, and access educational or training programs to get back into the workforce.

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Requirements of Eligibility

You may qualify for the GSETGP grant if you:

- Were displaced from employment due to the COVID-19 pandemic

- Were not enrolled in a training program or institution of higher education at the time they were displaced from employment

- Have been unable to obtain employment that provides an average monthly wage that is equal to or greater than the average monthly wage received from their employment prior to the COVID-19 pandemic

- Meet the income and asset criteria to be eligible for a Cal Grant A award (pursuant to subdivision (k) of California Education Code Section 69432.7)

- Are enrolled in a qualified education or training program, including at any California community college, California State University or University of California.

Apply Online

Submit your Golden State Education and Training Grant application online. Log in to your CSAC Account. If you are a “first time user" register to create an account.


While the FAFSA or California Dream Act Application (CADAA) is not required, we encourage students enrolling in college to complete the FAFSA or Dream Act application to qualify for any additional financial assistance.


An eligible individual may request and receive only one GSETG award.

Eligible applicants will be awarded $2,500.

Once applicants apply and are found to meet the program requirements, campus offices must verify that the applicant is enrolled at their institution, which initiates the payment process.

Grants will be disbursed directly to the educational institution or training provider for disbursement to the applicant.

For More Information

Learn more from the California Student Aid Commission on the Golden State Education and Training Grant Program. You can also email their program at

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