The Cal Grant program (formerly the California State Scholarship Program) was created in 1955 to provide state grants to qualified California high school graduates attending private, nonprofit colleges. The partnership between California with AICCU colleges and universities sought to efficiently use the state’s tax dollars by leveraging capacity in the private, nonprofit sector to educate California students. After UC and CSU campuses began charging fees, the Cal Grant program expanded to serve financially needy and meritorious students in all segments of California’s higher education.

AICCU’s colleges and universities can educate more of California’s academically qualified, and diverse students with financial need because of the Cal Grant program. The Cal Grant program is a proven, powerful public-private partnership with the private, nonprofit sector that creates an educated workforce at a lower cost to taxpayers.

Since 2014, this important student financial aid program has been facing a 11.3% cut, which would lower the maximum amount from $9,084 to $8,056—over $1,000—for incoming students at a private, nonprofit college or university. This cut is currently slated to take effect in the academic year 2017-18. For students that already face financial difficulties, this could mean the difference between taking a second job, graduating on time, or even attending college at all.

 

Here’s how you can help!

Talk to your Legislators and the Governor

Reach out to your elected officials through email, letters, phone calls, and in-person meetings. The opinions that count most to legislators are those of the people who live in their districts! Legislators and the Governor need to hear from those most affected by this program – students, their families, and campus communities.

To find your legislators, go to:

 http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/

Enter your address. (Remember, you can enter the zip codes for both your home and for school). Let them know your personal story in attending and financing your higher education. Share the benefits you see with the Cal Grant program and how strong of an investment it is towards the betterment of California’s future.

You can also write to the Governor’s office at: http://www.gov.ca.gov

Other links to elected official information:

California State Legislature: http://www.legislature.ca.gov/

California State Senate: http://senate.ca.gov/

California State Assembly: http://assembly.ca.gov/

California Department of Finance: http://www.dof.ca.gov/

Contact Thomas Vu, Director of Institutional Relations for more information and resources.