Governor Proposes Eliminating Cal Grants

May 28, 2009

In direct contrast to federal efforts to increase college access during the current recession, today Governor Schwarzenegger proposed eliminating all new Cal Grants, along with deep cuts to public university systems and other essential state programs and services. The Cal Grant program has been an integral part of California’s commitment to college access and affordability...


Quick Facts About Community Colleges and Financial Aid, 2007-08

May 13, 2009

Community colleges are usually considered a low-cost college option, but the sticker price is only part of the real story - students often struggle to cover a range of related costs and living expenses. Our new fact focuses on community college students who apply for financial aid and attend full-time: their need for aid compared to students at other types of colleges; how much...


State Budget Maintains Funding for Cal Grants

February 19, 2009

After months of arduous budget negotiations, the California legislature today passed an 18-month budget that maintains the state’s investment in student aid. This budget protects Cal Grants from attempts to cut both eligibility and grant levels, which would have had a devastating impact on California students. Cal Grants are the state’s primary source of financial aid and...


CA Budget Stalemate Hurts Students … Again

August 21, 2008

California's budget delays are affecting college students' ability to get their financial aid. In addition to more than 100,000 students who may face delays in getting the Cal Grants that they’ve been promised, there are 25,000 high-achieving, low-income students whose grants may or may not be funded at all. The Governor’s initial January budget proposal cut the already underfunded...


Students Need Clarity on Cal Grants

June 24, 2008

The currently proposed cut to the Competitive Cal Grant program would disproportionately affect community college students, who make up 73% of the program’s recipients. While the legislature has demonstrated its commitment to these students by keeping the program in their own version of the budget, its fate will remain unclear until Governor Schwarzenegger signs a budget, in...