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On the final state budget, the Cal Grant took a 5% cut across all awards, which is less than $500 per PLNU student. We are relieved that the damage was not more severe, but are disappointed that there was any cut to such an important program. Student Financial Services will be working with students on an individual basis to develop the best aid packages possible, including grants, scholarships, and loans. We are grateful for everyone who wrote their representatives in support of the Cal Grant and for all of our donors who help fill in the gap.
THIS INFORMATION SHOULD BE CONSIDERED PRELIMINARY SINCE THE GOVERNOR HAS NOT YET SIGNED THE BUDGET AND ALL OF THE TRAILER BILLS THAT WILL IMPLEMENT IT. THE GOVERNOR ALSO HAS THE AUTHORITY TO LINE ITEM VETO ANY PROVISION.
However, the work that has been done by many in the past few weeks has been significant and although private, non-profit institutions will face reductions next academic year and beyond, the drastic 44% reduction proposed for this current year appears to have been avoided.
In brief, the budget deal that is being sent to the Governor includes:
- CalGrant is proposed to hold at the same level ($9708) as the last decade for the 2012-13 year. This will be very important to students who are so far along in their planning for the fall semester.
- Cal Grant for 2013-14 is projected to be reduced to $9084
- CalGrant for 2014-15 and beyond is projected to be $8,056.
- Institutional qualification levels establish that a three year Cohort Default Rate (student loans) higher than 15.5% and a six-year graduation rate of less than 30% will make an institution ineligible to participate in the CalGrant program. This criteria will make 85% of the current for-profit institutions in California ineligible to participate in CalGrants.
While a planned reduction of student financial aid will still have an impact upon our student recipients, the negotiated bills, if signed and passed, do provide some stability and potential for planning.
Almost 600 PLNU staff, faculty, students, alums and trustees have submitted 1,789 electronic letters, contacting 102 different legislators on behalf of PLNU’s Cal Grant students!
The San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce sent a letter today on behalf of Cal Grant funding to Governor Jerry Brown (attached), cc’ing our San Diego Assembly and Senate delegations. We are pleased to have the support of the SD Chamber of Commerce on this important economic and workforce development issue.
PLNU Cal Grant students and alums have recorded video messages on the importance of the Cal Grant to their education.
We have identified three PLNU students, three PLNU alums and members of PLNU’s administration willing to travel to Sacramento next week for the AICCU ‘Day at the Capitol’ to advocate our legislators in support of Cal Grants. A special thanks to the alums and students who are taking off work and time from their spring break to participate on behalf of PLNU!