These are challenging fiscal times for California, but continuing to invest in student financial aid, specifically the Cal Grant program, is the best investment the state can make for its future and its people. The ability for students to obtain their college degree and enter the workforce prepared is fundamental to California’s economic recovery and future growth.
Tough economic times have subjected all state spending to critical review. Cutting the maximum Cal Grant for deserving students at AICCU independent non profit schools (for a complete list, visit http://tinyurl.com/5bbk6t) won't save the state any money, and it will cost the state in the future. Without an educated workforce, California's leadership role in the world economy cannot be sustained.
We are facing a Governor’s proposal to reduce by nearly half the funding for the Cal Grant maximum award of $9,708 for students attending California’s independent, nonprofit schools. This potential change severely puts at risk financially needy students attempting to finish their college education and those who strive to attend college in the Fall.
For decades, the Cal Grant award has gone to academically qualified and deserving students around the state, allowing them to attend one of California’s many independent nonprofit schools that collectively invest nearly $1.4 billion of their own institutional financial aid to make college a reality for California students! These schools not only produce great students but provide vital research, resources, and advocacy for the communities in which they exist. This is an incredible public/private partnership and it eases the capacity crunch at California’s public colleges and universities. Cal Grant students attending independent colleges and universities stay in college and graduate faster, joining the workforce sooner.
Please support maintaining the maximum Cal Grant award of $9,708. Keep the State’s promise of the Cal Grant award and a college education for deserving students!