Gael Advocacy Needed!

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's current budget proposal calls for the elimination of the entire Cal Grant program for incoming freshmen. This would affect 118,000 incoming freshmen statewide and 167 at Saint Mary's who have already been notified of their award and have used that information to select their college.

For the past 54 years, this program has allowed generations of young people to attend private and public colleges. Currently, 557 undergraduates at Saint Mary's College receive Cal Grants.

The elimination of this successful program would hurt our already struggling economy and destroy the dreams of thousands of incoming freshmen. The negative impact of eliminating the Cal Grant Program cannot be overstated – thousands of incoming freshmen would see their dreams destroyed, and our already struggling economy would be further weakened.

Please call Governor Schwarzenegger at (916) 445-2841 and your local state assemblymember (find your assemblymember) and your state senator, (find your senator). Urge them to retain the Cal Grant program.

If you were a Cal Grant recipient, tell them how much that program helped you personally. If you were not a Cal Grant recipient, tell them what a great investment in California it is and how it helps allow many deserving students to pursue higher education.

The Los Angeles Times has a nice background piece on the governor's proposal to eliminate the Cal Grant: read the story.

If you have any questions about this request or the governor's proposals, please contact Tim Farley, director of Community and Government Relations for Saint Mary's College, at (925) 631-4830.

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