Statement on California Governor Newsom’s 2021-22 Budget Proposal

January 8, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended the lives of college students and the institutions that serve them. At this pivotal time, California Governor Gavin Newsom’s 2021-22 state budget proposal would make smart, urgently needed investments to help struggling students afford and complete college. These include a substantial increase in the number of Cal Grants available to older...


Stronger Data Infrastructure Can Support California’s Efforts to Close Equity Gaps in College Access, Affordability, and Completion

July 21, 2020

States invest heavily in education, providing funding either directly or in the form of financial aid from preschool through college, with positive outcomes from those impacting nearly every other area of public policy, particularly the workforce. To understand and assess results, states collect and analyze information about these investments at various levels, and most have...


Statement on 2020-21 California May Budget Revision

May 14, 2020

In case there was any doubt, Governor Newsom’s revised state budget plan for 2020-21 confirms the devastating blow that the COVID-19 pandemic will deliver to California’s public colleges and universities absent federal investment. Yet by protecting the state Cal Grant program, and directing colleges to minimize impacts on programs and services for underrepresented students...