OPINION: Cal Grant requires aid increase

California Community Colleges should expand the Cal Grant program that gives to more than 300,000 students a year. The California Community Colleges’ Board of Governors voted to formally ask the next Legislature and governor to expand the Cal Grant in their 2019-2020 Budget and Legislative Request published in September.

November 10, 2018
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BOG waiver raises academic requirements

May 6, 2015

FAST FACTS Requirement changes to BOG fee waiver  Students must have a 2.0 GPA and complete at least 50 percent of the units attempted per semester starting in the Fall 2015 academic year. Requirement changes to student loans The U.S. Department of Education will stop paying interest on subsidized loans if the student exceeds the maximum period in their academic program. Alternatives to student loans Students can avoid loans by…

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May Revision plans for affordable education

May 17, 2014

By Margarita Cancino and Maria C. Isidoro Governor Jerry Brown’s May Revise proposal will give students the opportunity to afford school and graduate with minimal financial stress.  The 2014-15 State Budget proposal was announced yesterday morning. It includes a one-time increase of $50 million from Proposition 98’s General Fund, which is the annual funding provided to public schools and colleges in California. The May Revise promises to strengthen and expand student success…

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Dream Act gives financial help for students

May 16, 2014

By Nereida Perez The California Dream Act allows undocumented students who meet requirements to apply for and receive state financial aid at California public and private colleges as well as private scholarships administered by California public colleges. The Dream Act of 2011 is the result of two assembly bills, AB130 and AB131. Together, these bills allow undocumented and documented students who meet certain provisions of the AB 540 law to apply…

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Undocumented students access to Cal Grant not popular

November 27, 2012

By Andrea Gonzalez Here at East Los Angeles College as well as other colleges, undocumented students struggle every semester to pay their tuition because they do not have access to financial aid. However, starting next year, undocumented students will be able to request the Cal Grant due to the California Dream Act. The California Dream Act gives undocumented students who meet certain requirements the opportunity to apply for this aid….

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Cal Grant requirements to rise

By Vivian Ramirez Many East Los Angeles College students who have received Cal Grants in the past may no longer qualify for them due to proposed higher grade point average requirements. California Governor Jerry Brown released his proposal earlier this year in the 2012-13 state budget plan that will save the state an estimated $372 million throughout the year. The changes affecting Cal Grant A will raise the required GPA from…

February 29, 2012
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