The proposed 2015-16 state budget includes an 11 percent cut in Cal Grants, which translates to nearly $1,000 less state money for each new student here.
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University administrators highlighted key concerns and emphasized a need for “nimbleness” at the biannual State of the University address Wednesday in the Campus Center.
State budget cuts in recent years have caused California public colleges to deny admission to hundreds of thousands of students.
The average federal student loan debt at the University of La Verne for 2013 is about $22,000, said Diane Anchundia, director of financial aid.
Several University of La Verne students and officials including President Devorah Leiberman met with state legislators last month in Sacramento to protest another cut in Cal Grants.
Roughly 26,000 California college students wait with bated breath as the state legislature evaluates Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget proposal, which includes a drastic cut to the Cal Grant program.
The state legislature has not yet cut funding from the Cal Grants program, but with the legislature looking to trim public schools, California State Universities and other institutions in the state, it is certainly in danger.
A recent budget proposal by California Gov. Jerry Brown includes a drastic $12 billion state spending cut.
I was, frankly, shocked to read Cherlynn Clark’s comment in “ULV fills Cal Grant gap” (Oct. 1) that “It upsets me that …the state could have delayed my education.”
The University of La Verne came to its students’ rescue when Cal Grants were delayed due to the state budget stand still. ULV has advanced nearly $3.2 million to cover late Cal Grant payments needed by 700 new and returning undergraduate students for the fall semester.