Protect Our Cal Grant - Reinvest In California's Future
  • Petitioned Governor Jerry Brown

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Governor Jerry Brown
Speaker John Perez
Senator Carol Liu
Senator Mark Leno
Senator Jerry Hill
Senator Kevin de Leon
Senator Marty Block
Assemblymember Toni Atkins
Assemblymember Matthew Dababneh
Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi
Assemblymember Nancy Skinner
Assemblymember Philip Ting
Assemblymember Das Williams
Senator Holly Mitchell
Senator Mark Wyland
Assemblymember Paul Fong
Assemblymember Jeff Gorell
Senator Jim Nielsen
Senator Bob Huff
Assemblymember Kevin Mullin
Assemblymember Connie Conway
Senate pro Tem Darrell Steinberg
Assemblymeber Rocky Chavez

Protect Our Cal Grant - Reinvest In California's Future

    1. Petition by

      California Students First Alliance

California has a growing budget surplus due to an improving economy and tax increases approved by voters in 2012. Through this action, voters chose to invest in education at all levels. After years of draconian cuts to education, now is the time to reinvest in the future of our state.

We are facing an imminent threat to further reduce the funding for the Cal Grant maximum award by 11%, from $9,084 to $8,056, for low-income students who attend a private, nonprofit college or university in California. 

After two years of reduction to the award, this additional $1,000 cut will be devastating. Every dollar counts to achieve a college dream and as students, alumni and parents of California, we urge you, our leaders to reject the pending cut and preserve critical access to higher education.

​California needs MORE students with degrees in the workforce, not less. An educated workforce is crucial to meet the needs of our state and a global economy. Allowing students to choose a private, nonprofit higher education institution with the assistance of a Cal Grant is effective, efficient and utilizes California’s nonprofit sector to ease the capacity limitations of the public universities.

Our universities, parents, alumni and friends do their part to fund students' educational needs. For every Cal Grant dollar the state provides, private, nonprofit colleges and universities match it with $6 in aid for students. The ability for low-income, traditionally underrepresented students to leverage multiple sources of aid creates access to higher education and allows them to succeed! Cal Grant students attending private, nonprofit colleges and universities stay enrolled and graduate faster, thus joining the workforce sooner.

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    1. Reached 10,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

      • 4 months ago

      Because I believe education is crucial for success and many students need and could benefit from these financial help resources.

    • frenae Williams FONTANA, CA
      • 4 months ago

      I have a kid in college

    • Michelle Forniss MORENO VALLEY, CA
      • 4 months ago

      Because I am a single mother and this grant helps so I can continue to further my education for my children.

    • Betsy Munoz NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA
      • 4 months ago

      Because i am a Student and this is my future. I want all the help i can get when going to either a private or non profit school or university. Many student are low income and school isn't cheap. Without the help student will have alot more debts and not much of a future.

    • Emily Green RIVERSIDE, CA
      • 4 months ago

      It is too expensive to get a college degree nowadays, however it is necessary to support a family and be a productive member of society. Help us do that.


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