Feb. 22, 2019 (SACRAMENTO) – The Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU) announced today that Assembly Member Blanca Rubio (D-48) has authored and introduced AICCU’s proposal to reinstate the Cal Grant funding formula for students who attend independent, nonprofit colleges and universities. The formula will bring stability to the award, which has been subjected to cuts and disinvestments since 2000, and will see increases over time.
Assembly Member Rubio’s bill, AB 1307, was introduced shortly after AICCU submitted a letter to the chairs of the budget committees and subcommittees that oversee higher education, which also requested the return of a Cal Grant funding formula for students attending the independent, nonprofit colleges and universities sector.
“Student recipients of the Cal Grant award often times must overcome significant odds to apply, qualify, and attend the college or university that best suits their needs,” said AICCU President Kristen Soares. “This award can be the difference between whether or not a student is able to attend the institution that best fits their personal and academic needs, and I am delighted to have the support of Assembly Member Blanca Rubio, who shares our commitment to students, and to bring much-needed stability to the Cal Grant program.”
Rubio was born in Juarez, Mexico, and came to the United States with her parents at a young age. Her personal experiences have given her a genuine understanding of the everyday struggles and barriers that immigrants and working families continue to face in the United States.
“As the recipient of two degrees from Azusa Pacific University, one of the 83 AICCU member institutions, I am well aware of the benefits students receive when they attend an independent, nonprofit university in California,” Rubio said. “It’s my honor to work on behalf of the deserving students of California to ensure they are afforded the same opportunities I was given. I look forward to seeing this bill through to its signing by Gov. Gavin Newsom.”
Assembly Member Rubio received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Master’s Degree in Education with a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from Azusa Pacific University. She will speak at the 2019 AICCU Day in the Capitol on Feb. 26, 2019.
Aram Nadjarian, Mozaic Media + Communications
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The Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU) is comprised of 83 independent, nonprofit colleges and universities, which make up the Independent California Colleges and Universities (ICCU) sector. The ICCU sector plays a pivotal role in the development of the state’s model higher education offerings and in making California a symbol of innovation across the globe. Within California, ICCU institutions award over 20 percent of all undergraduate degrees and over 50 percent of graduate degrees, providing significant contributions to California’s advanced workforce.