California Educational Facilities Authority

College Access Tax Credit Fund

Designed to provide a tax credit to taxpayers and businesses who contribute to the State’s Cal Grants financial aid program.

photo of a 1040 form

Contact Information

For assistance with tax questions, please contact the California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) through FTB’s website or call 800-852-5711.

For assistance with the application or payment of contributions, please contact California Educational Facilities Authority at (916) 654-5711.

Connect With Us

Sign Up to Get CEFA Information Contact Us!

The College Access Tax Credit Program provides a tax credit to taxpayers and businesses who contribute to Cal Grants, the State of California’s largest source of educational financial aid. The credit can be used to offset or reduce taxes.

Cal Grants provide aid to in need California undergraduates, vocational training students and those in teacher certification programs. These grants help California students achieve their higher education goals.

The California Educational Facilities Authority (CEFA) is required to allocate and certify up to $500 million in College Access Tax Credits for the years 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Online Payment

  • ACH Online Payment – Pay Contribution using Personal Checking/Saving Accounts or Corporate Bank Account via online payment service

    Please note – Use of online payment service is only available after CEFA confirms tax credits availability and a Notice of Allocation Reservation is sent to the taxpayer within 10 days from CEFA’s receipt of the Application.

Tax Credits Allocated

2018 Taxable Year


2017 Taxable Year


2016 Taxable Year


2015 Taxable Year


2014 Taxable Year


Tax Credits Available

2019 Taxable Year

$495,022,915 as of March 1, 2019

Application Period

The application period for the 2019 taxable year is closed.

The application period for the 2020 taxable year will open in March 2020. The amount of the tax credit, based on the percentage of the contribution, will be 50%.