An Important, No-Cost Way to Improve Cal Grants

October 21, 2019

Thanks to California’s 2019-20 state budget, up to 15,250 more nontraditional college students will get a Cal Grant award each year – a big and much-needed increase to grant availability in a program that turns away hundreds of thousands of eligible low- and middle-income students each year. However, if past is prologue, many of these students still won’t...


2019-20 California State Budget Agreement Makes Critical Down Payments Towards College Affordability

June 12, 2019

The California State Legislature is poised to approve a state budget that includes key steps forward on the path to affordable college. The budget includes the largest-ever increase in the number of ‘competitive’ Cal Grants – those available to nontraditional students – a top priority of legislative leaders, students, civil rights groups, businesses, and other...


Coalition Letter Urging Conference Committee on Budget to Strengthen College Affordability in 2019-20 California State Budget

June 6, 2019

Over 20 organizations urged the Conference Committee on the Budget to make a down payment towards college affordability by increasing the number of new competitive Cal Grants to 70,000 annually and allowing AB 540 students to compete on equal footing, and increasing the size of the base Cal Grant B access award to $1,836. Doing so will ensure more students across all types of...