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,...

A (Barely) Passing Grade

December 3, 2008

This morning, the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education released their fifth biennial Measuring Up reports. This series details how well individual states are doing on important performance measures including preparation, participation, affordability, completion, benefits, and learning.

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.

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...

Proposed Cal Grant Cuts Would Hit Community College Students Hardest

March 27, 2008

Many more community college students than students at California’s four-year colleges would lose financial aid under Governor Schwarzenegger’s proposed budget for 2009. This issue brief finds that the budget-cutting plan would eliminate new Cal Grant awards for 45 percent of community college students who would have received them, compared to five percent of would-be recipients...