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...


Coalition Letter Urging Strengthening College Affordability in 2019-20 California State Budget

May 16, 2019

Over 20 organizations urged the California State Assembly Committee on Budget, Subcommittee 2 on Education Finance to make a down payment towards college affordability by increasing the number of competitive Cal Grants and the size of the Cal Grant B access award. Doing so will ensure more students across all types of colleges get the assistance they need to cover total college...


Experts Kick Off Series of Financial Aid Reform Discussions in Sacramento

February 19, 2019

Experts across California agree that college costs hold students back from completing college or completing it in a timely way, keep students from focusing on their studies, and contribute to burdensome levels of debt. With California Governor Gavin Newsom and the State Legislature both keenly interested in reforming California’s financial aid system to reduce these barriers,...


California Students Need a Major Investment in Financial Aid

January 7, 2019

After the pomp and pageantry of today’s inauguration, one of new California Governor Gavin Newsom’s first acts will be to release a proposed state budget for 2019-20. News accounts suggest that his first budget will embrace the fact that investing more in education – from preschool through adulthood – must be a priority for California to retain its economic strength...