Cal Grant Still Threatened

Maria Torres, Stephanie Hermosillo, Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Oakley), Vannya Vallejo Vega and Luis A. Espinoza Lopez meeting in Sacramento.Even though the California economy is currently thriving, Cal Grants for the private nonprofit sector—like Saint Mary’s—are scheduled to drop by 11 percent, or $1,028 per student receiving the maximum award, for the upcoming 2014-15 budget year.

The pending reduction of $1,028 would be the third year of consecutive cuts to the grant level and devastating for low-income students and families who are seeking a quality higher education. At Saint Mary’s we serve approximately 650 Cal Grant students. It would be a substantial loss to these students and families if the proposed cuts go through.

The 2013-14 state budget bill passed by the Legislature and signed by the governor last June calls for an 11 percent reduction in the maximum award for the 2014-15 budget year. California was still recovering from the great recession when that budget was passed. Today, California revenues are above projections and expected to continue to come in above original estimates. Many colleges, including Saint Mary’s, are urging the Legislature and governor to rescind the reduction and fully fund the Cal Grant for the private nonprofit sector.

Please join others from the Saint Mary’s community in urging full funding by contacting your legislator and urging him or her to fully fund the Cal Grant. You can find your legislator here Likewise, please sign the petition to protect the Cal Grant here