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 Crisis Has Gone Too Far

January 16, 2009

California is at the brink. Yesterday Governor Schwarzenegger stated that the state will "face insolvency within weeks." Come February, there simply won’t be enough money to pay the bills. Earlier this morning the California state controller released his plan for keeping the state operating, which includes painful measures like delaying financial aid payments to college students,...

Widen the Focus When Discussing Affordability

September 26, 2008

The California Postsecondary Education Commission (CPEC) recently took a look at how affordable a community college education really is for students and their families. The Institute for College Access & Success submitted the following comment to the Commission prior to their September 23-24 meeting, where the report was discussed.