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No Cal Grants this year?

SaveTheManateesSaveTheManatees Registered User Posts: 358 Member
California faces its day of fiscal reckoning - Yahoo! News

The governor's cutbacks could include ending the state's main welfare program for the poor, eliminating health coverage for about 1.5 million poor children, halting cash grants for about 77,000 college students, shortening the school year by seven days, laying off thousands of state workers and teachers, slashing money for state parks and releasing thousands of prisoners before their sentences are finished.

College is simply out of the question for me without a cal grant. I feel like the sky is close to falling.
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Replies to: No Cal Grants this year?

  • LawchaLawcha Registered User Posts: 224 Junior Member
    they should just shorten the school year by 7 days.....
    that would probably be the LEAST damaging effect of this economy crisis in california

    plus, its hard to imagine you retain even 40% of what you learned in school.

    students will be happy, teachers aren't going to get moody for an added week of spring break, win win situation
  • WCFWCF Registered User Posts: 530 Member
    I heard some teachers discussing the possibility of shortening the school year by 7 days. Apparently, it's already difficult enough for them to accomplish everything by deadlines plus they need the pay. *shrug* I wouldn't know...

    Removing the Cal Grant sounds like we may be jumping to conclusions... but that would be absolutely horrendous. Imagine having to switch colleges halfway through summer! I'm going to say that this likely isn't going to happen... but who knows. Let's hope it doesn't.
  • FuddmanFuddman Registered User Posts: 48 Junior Member
    From UCOP 5/22/09:

    "We also are extremely troubled that the Cal Grants program has been mentioned for possible elimination. More than 46,000 UC undergraduates receive Cal Grants, which bring in $293 million in grant aid for students from lower-income California families." "The choices are stark, and everything is on the table."

    University of California - UC Newsroom | Budget proposals threaten Cal Grants; UC may face deeper cuts
  • barronsbarrons Registered User Posts: 24,856 Senior Member
    UC should be able to handle a 20% cut. Other schools have done it and they were nowhere near as well funded as UC has been.
  • SyriusSyrius Registered User Posts: 102 Junior Member
    They'll handle it with a tuition hike.
  • SaveTheManateesSaveTheManatees Registered User Posts: 358 Member
    It's not the fee hikes I'm particularly worried about. If there are no Cal Grants, the fee hikes won't matter because I won't be able to afford UC at any price.
  • WCFWCF Registered User Posts: 530 Member
    This is really bad... looks like the consideration of cutting the CalGrant is becoming reality. Schwarzenegger proposed this in his budget cuts (well, it doesn't say CalGrant specifically, but I'm assuming it is).

    New Calif. budget cuts hit poor families, kids - Life- msnbc.com
    For the state's students, he wants to phase out a college aid program and reduce $335 million in funding for the University of California and California State University systems.

    Some relieving news...
    The state Legislature's constitutional deadline to approve a budget and send it to the governor was June 15, but Evans said lawmakers were unlikely to meet it.

    I wonder if a CalGrant elimination will apply to 09'ers?
  • SaveTheManateesSaveTheManatees Registered User Posts: 358 Member
    I hope not. What I bet they'll do is start dropping the income ceiling for Cal Grants, so anyone who isn't "poor" won't get anything. Great compromise, unless you're a middle class college student.
  • LupiriusLupirius Registered User Posts: 224 Junior Member
    Graduating students may find access to college funding cut off - DailyBulletin.com

    It looks like the cuts will apply to the Fall '09 semester. Don't they care that 200,000 people will probably drop out of college because they can't afford it?
  • WCFWCF Registered User Posts: 530 Member
    This is ridiculous... going to college was already stressful enough financially. Some of us already got aid packages, it seems insane that we'd have to pull out months before entering college. With such short notice and false expectations, a plan B becomes that much more difficult...
  • LupiriusLupirius Registered User Posts: 224 Junior Member
    well, if this passes, i guess i am dropping out.
  • vballmomvballmom Registered User Posts: 3,135 Senior Member
    From the Governor's budget plan released yesterday:
    More than 200,000 college-bound students would lose some or all of their tuition assistance under the Cal Grant program. New grants for students to attend college would be eliminated, and existing grants would be reduced. All of that would come on top of $335 million in cuts for the University of California and California State University systems — which already have seen $415 million in cuts this year, forcing student fee increases.

    Billions in new cuts loom for California including eliminating welfare and closing most state parks - San Jose Mercury News
  • paradoxicalparadoxical Registered User Posts: 203 Junior Member
    Schwarzenegger's plan would completely phase out the Cal Grant program over the next three years. The proposal would eliminate all new grants, including those that have already been tentatively offered to over 80,000 students statewide. Although the 46,000 students within the UC system who currently receive Cal Grants would be eligible for renewals, the maximum award would not be increased to compensate for future UC and CSU fee hikes.
  • SaveTheManateesSaveTheManatees Registered User Posts: 358 Member
    Best case scenario: this is indeed a ploy by the governor to get the democrats to concede something else.
  • KoreanBoi92KoreanBoi92 Registered User Posts: 1,248 Member
    Would less people actually attend an UC because of the Cal grant cuts?
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