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State Budget Signed – Cal Grant reduction repealed!

Friday June 20, Governor Jerry Brown signed the 2014-15 budget, which includes the repeal of the 11.3% cut to the maximum Cal Grant award for incoming freshmen at private, nonprofit colleges and universities.

Therefore, the 2014 Cal Grant maximum for incoming students will remain at $9,084. Due to the Administration’s effort to reign in additional increases, the compromise between the Legislature and Administration kept an 11% for the 2015/16 budget year.  Protecting our students in the upcoming budget would not have been possible without the relentless efforts made by students, alumni, faculty, campus administration and other communities—through letter writing campaigns to the Governor, visits to the Capitol and meeting with legislators to “tell our story,” and the nearly 11,000 signed petitions that were sent over two months!

In addition to the repeal of the Cal Grant cut, there were two additional Cal Grant items of note in the budget.

  • $30 million to increase the Cal Grant B Living Stipend from $1,493 to $1,648, an 11.9% increase.
  • $15.8 million to allow students that were previously denied a Cal Grant renewal award for financial reasons to reapply for the program no more than three academic years after receiving their original award (if their incomes fall below the income threshold in that timeframe).

Thank you for all your efforts!

~Kristen F. Soares, AICCU President

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