Pacific students and staff were among those who rallied in support of Cal Grants.
Update: Cal Grants reduction deferredThe proposed 11 percent reduction in 2014 Cal Grants has been deferred, allowing the maximum award amount to remain for Pacific students who receive the need-based aid
California's 2014-15 budget, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on June 20, includes the deferment of the 11.3 percent cut to the maximum Cal Grant award for incoming freshmen at private, nonprofit colleges and universities, leaving the award at its current maximum amount of $9,084 for the upcoming academic year.
Cal Grants are vital at Pacific, where 42 percent of undergraduates receive the need-based grants that are given to low-income and middle-income students who are California residents. Of the 75 private, non-profit universities in California, only two have a higher percentage of Cal Grant students than Pacific.
Throughout the budget process, Pacific joined representatives of the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU) and other leading private universities in opposing cuts to the Cal Grant program. The AICCU noted the deferment would not have been possible without the "relentless efforts made by students, alumni, faculty, campus administration and other communities through letter writing campaigns to the Governor, visits to the Capitol and meeting with legislators to 'tell our story,' and the nearly 11,000 signed petitions that were sent over two months."
While this is great news for the 2014-15 academic year, the 11% cut remains for 2015-16. AICCU and member institutions will continue efforts to make the case in Sacramento for 2015-16 and beyond.
Read more about Pacific's effort in this campaign here>>