The coalition of Californians for College Affordability works to strengthen California’s need-based financial aid programs so that all students can afford to attend and complete college, allowing the state’s workforce to remain competitive. The coalition includes the statewide student associations for all public college segments, civil rights and social justice organizations, business and workforce development groups, and other advocates for higher education access, success, and affordability. The coalition is united behind two core principles for state financial aid programs: help most the students who can afford the least and encourage colleges to serve students well.

For coalition inquiries, please contact California@ticas.org.


Californians for College Affordability

The Coalition of Californians for College Affordability works to strengthen need-based financial aid in California so that all students can afford to attend and complete college, allowing the state’s workforce to remain competitive.


How and Why to Improve Cal Grants: Key Facts and Recommendations

In Spring 2016, TICAS and twenty members of Californians for College Affordability, a broad coalition of student, civil rights, college access, business, and workforce organizations, released a new analysis of how to strengthen Cal Grants for California’s low-income students. The Cal Grant program provides $2 billion in need-based grant aid that each year helps hundreds of thousands of Californians pay for college.  However, the report finds that many needy college students continue to not receive Cal Grants or receive less than others with more resources.

The report includes three recommendations designed to build on the strengths of the Cal Grant program and better serve California’s students going forward.


Strengthening Cal Grants to Better Serve Today’s Students

In April 2013, the Institute for College Access & Success (TICAS) and more than a dozen other student, civil rights, business, and college access organizations released an analysis of how Cal Grants could better serve low-income college students.


Strengthening Cal Grants to Better Serve Today’s African-American and Latino Students

These fact sheets detail the extent to which African-American and Latino students are served by the Cal Grant program, and the ways in which the program can be improved to serve them better.


Better Odds for Today’s Students: Strengthening the Competitive Cal Grant Program

This fact sheet details the extent to which the Competitive Cal Grant program is oversubscribed, and the need for more awards to be authorized annually to help thousands more eligible applicants afford to get to and through college.