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Who is eligible for a CalKIDS account?

Who is eligible for a CalKIDS account?

CalKIDS is a program that helps children in California get access to higher education, especially those from traditionally underserved communities. Enrollment in CalKIDS is automatic. Eligible beneficiaries are identified by the California Department of Public Health and the California Department of Education. No action or financial commitment is required of families to participate. Eligible children include:

Newborns

Please note: CalKIDS receives information on newborns approximately 90 days after birth is registered with California Department of Public Health.

Eligible newborns receive a:*

  • $25 seed deposit in a CalKIDS account.
  • $25 deposit in your CalKIDS account when you register on the Program online portal.
    Register to access your CalKIDS account
  • $50 deposit in your CalKIDS account when you link a new or your existing ScholarShare 529 college savings account to your CalKIDS account. With your ScholarShare 529 account, your family and friends can help contribute to your baby’s savings through gifting. Making a gift contribution to a child’s college education is easy and there are so many perfect opportunities to give: at birthdays, holidays, graduations, and other important occasions. Watch both your CalKIDS and ScholarShare529 accounts grow in one convenient location.
    Link your accounts

Check to see if your child is eligible to participate:

The CalKIDS program has not yet received data on eligible newborn participants. Please check back at a later date to check your child’s eligibility.

 

Low-income Public School Students, 1st–12th Grade

California public school students identified as low-income, as defined by the Local Control Funding Formula, enrolled in 1st through 12th grades during the 2021-2022 academic year and, beginning in fall 2022, all incoming low-income public school first graders will be automatically enrolled in CalKIDS.

Eligible low-income public school students receive a:

  • $500 automatic deposit in a CalKIDS account for eligible low-income public school students
  • $500 additional deposit in a CalKIDS account for eligible students identified as foster youth
  • $500 additional deposit in a CalKIDS account for eligible students identified as homeless
    Register to access your CalKIDS account

Check to see if your child is eligible to participate:

Enter the student’s Statewide Student Identifier (SSID)**

The SSID is a 10-digit ID. Sometimes,  SSID numbers appear on transcripts. If unsure, please contact your child’s school or school district for the number.

*Final seed deposits and financial incentives are subject to change and approval by the ScholarShare Investment Board.

For questions regarding newborn eligibility, please confirm with your local birth registrar that your child’s birth on or after July 1, 2022 has been registered with the California Department of Public Health. 

For questions regarding student eligibility, please confirm with your school or school district that the student was enrolled on fall census day (October 6, 2021) in grades 1-12, is identified as low-income eligible by the Local Control Funding Formula, and that this information was reported to the California Department of Education.