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Petitioning Chair Praveen Soni, CSU Long Beach and 10 others
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Academic Senate of the California State University system: Withdraw the recommendation to end State University Grants for graduates.

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Supporters

The Academic Senate of the CSU system has proposed to send a recommendation to the CSU Board of Trustees to eliminate the State University Grants (SUGs) for graduate students. This unwise proposal has been developed to relieve financial burden on the CSU system. Why have graduate students been targeted? We were not the cause, we are not the answer.

We have chosen the post-graduate path to better ourselves and our communities. Often, this is only possible because of the financial aid that we are awarded. As it stands, we cannot receive aid such as the CalGrant, the Pell Grant, or Subsidized Federal Loans that many other students have access to. In most cases graduate school is only possible with the help of SUGs.

Unfortunately, this isn't the first time that graduate students have been unfairly targeted as a result of a shrinking budget. As recently as April of this year the SUGs were threatened with elimination for the same reasons. Through the efforts of students and other concerned parties, the SUGs were saved. We were able to save them once, let's do it again.

Please take a moment to take action. We will all suffer if we let the statewide academic senate resurrect an old proposal that is not even being considered by the CSU Board of Trustees.

Letter to
Chair Praveen Soni, CSU Long Beach
James Swartz, CSU Pomona
Cezar Ornatowski, San Diego State University
and 8 others
Martin Linder, San Francisco State University
Thomas Krabacher, CSU Sacramento
Eileen Klink, CSU Long Beach
Kate Fawver, CSU Dominquez Hills
Steven Browne, California Maritime Academy
Otto Benavides, CSU Fresno
Vice Chair James LoCascio, CSU San Luis Obisbo
Fiscal and Governmental Affairs Committee Academic Senate of the California State University system.
Withdraw the recommendation to end State University Grants for graduates.