Protect the State University Grants (SUG) for CSU Graduate Students
  • Petitioned Chancellor Charles Reed

This petition was delivered to:

Chancellor Charles Reed
CSU Budget Office
Sonoma State President
Ruben Armiñana
California Polytechnic State University President
Jeffrey D. Armstrong
SF State President
Robert Corrigan
President, Cal Maritime
William B. Eisenhardt
Dominguez Hills President
Mildred Garcia
Sacramento State President
Alexander Gonzalez
CSUMB President
Dianne Harrison
CSU Fullerton
Willie Hagan
CSU San Marcos President
Karen S. Haynes
CSU Northridge Interm President
Harold Hennenbrand
CSU San Bernardino
Albert Karnig
CSU Bakersfield President
Horace Mitchell
CSU East Bay President
Leroy Morishita
Cal Poly Pomona President
J. Michael Ortiz
San Jose State President
Mo Qayoumi
CSU Humbolt President
Rollin Richmond
CSU Los Angeles
James Rosser
CSU Channel Islands President
Richard Rush
CSU Stanislaus President
Hamid Shirvani
CSU Fresno President
John Welty
CSU Chico President
Paul Zingg
CSU Long Beach, President
F. King Alexander
CSU San Diego President
Elliot Hirshman
Speaker of the Assembly
John Perez
State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Tom Torlakson
California Governor
Gov. Gavin Newsom

Protect the State University Grants (SUG) for CSU Graduate Students

    1. Hayley Leventhal
    2. Petition by

      Hayley Leventhal

      Pinole, CA

April 2012


From Petition Creator Hayley Leventhal: I just received a call from Long Beach, where students presented the petition to the Chancellors office and were told that the CSU administration has decided to continue awarding State University Grants to graduate students! Congratulations everyone, we did it!

Graduate students within the California State University system are being unfairly targeted as a result of budget cuts. Over the past year, students working toward advanced degrees have already experienced a 12% fee increase and the discontinuation of the federal subsidized loan program. Now our State University Grants (SUG), awarded on the basis of financial need, are under attack as well. Without SUGs, graduate students throughout California will lose the necessary support they need to complete their educations. These SUGs can play a determining role in attracting the most talented students to graduate research and professional degrees. These students go on to become California's nurses, teachers, engineers, and businesspeople. Financially accessible advanced degrees are vital to the health of California's economic future.

Stand up to tell Chancellor Reed and the Board of Trustees that advanced degrees are not luxury goods, and that the CSU system cannot and should not sacrifice graduate students.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 3,000 signatures
    2. SUGs are safe!

      Hayley Leventhal
      Petition Organizer

      I just received a call from Long Beach, where students presented the petition to the Chancellors office and were told that the CSU administration has decided to continue awarding State University Grants to graduate students! Congratulations everyone, we did it!

    3. Reached 2,500 signatures
    4. Reached 2,000 signatures
    5. We've upped our goal!

      Hayley Leventhal
      Petition Organizer

      This petition has generated a fantastic response, including almost 2,000 signatures, fantastic articles, and community mobilization. As a result, we're upping the goal! Please continue to reach out to your networks to ask them to support SUGs for graduate students.

    6. Reached 1,500 signatures
    7. Reached 1,000 signatures
    8. Please join the facebook group to see how you can help!

      Hayley Leventhal
      Petition Organizer

      We need help spreading the message: protect State University Grants for graduate students!

    9. Reached 500 signatures
    10. Thanks for your support!

      Hayley Leventhal
      Petition Organizer

      This campaign to save SUGs for Graduate Studies was on the front page of the SF Chronicle this morning. Hopefully this will give our cause some needed exposure. CSUs provide graduate education to half of California's nurses, as well as its teachers, engineers, businesspeople, and public administrators. By slashing this aid, the CSU will seriously influence not only the financial futures of tens of thousands of students, but also the economic future of our state. Thank for very much for your support so far, and we encourage you to reach out to your networks to continue building momentum for this important cause.

    11. Reached 250 signatures
    12. CSU may pull cash grants to half its grad students Read more: http://www.s

      Hayley Leventhal
      Petition Organizer

      The San Francisco Chronicle covered our petition and the fight to save SUGs!

    13. The numbers are in!

      Hayley Leventhal
      Petition Organizer

      The amount of SUGs allocated to Graduate Students is estimated to be $90 million, for over 1,200 departments on 23 campuses.

    14. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Devra Weber LOS ANGELES, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      California and the US is undercutting the next generation, our children and our collective future. The attacks on education and our students is shredding the social fabric of the future, a social cannibalism. This neoliberal restructuring and widening inequality is not only unjust and cruel, but painfully short sighted.

    • Vivian Price CARSON, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      Stop hurting our future! Students need support to advance their careers--I'm sure many of us out there depended on subsidized loans to make it through grad school. BOT, Reed, stop the GREED!

    • Cassandra Nafziger YUCCA VALLEY, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      This is the only way I can afford to pay for my Masters of Social Work program. If the state does not show compassion for it's graduate students, then will it show compassion for it's graduate schools and the effect this cut will have on success and completion rates?

    • April Marier SAN BERNARDINO, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      I am a first generation student who is trying to manage my debt while increasing my future opportunities.

    • Jermaine Mahguib CLAREMONT, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      I am a current grad student at Cal Poly Pomona and I entered the Masters in Biology program based on the notion that it was possible to receive financial aid for doing so. If not for Cal State Grant money, which has been helping me to pay tuition, I would not have entered the program in the first place. Without financial aid it would have been impossible for me to pay for school, in which case I would have continued searching for a new job after losing me last one. If grant money disappears next school year I will be in the same position of not being able to afford tuition. I will unfortunately have to quit the program, which would suck tremendously not only because I wont get the opportunity to finish earning my Masters degree, but because I would have affectively lost an entire year's worth of potential work experience. Anyone who's recently graduated from their undergrad career has either learned or is in the process of learning that work experience is as valuable as a college degree itself, so the "real-world" work experience cost associated with being a grad student is no joke.


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