Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Cal Grant Funds Fall Short for Eligible Students

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Cal Grant Funds Fall Short for Eligible Students

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Noteworthy News: Cal Grant Funds Fall Short for Eligible Students

Thousands of needy and eligible community college students will not receive a Cal Grant this year, not through any fault of theirs, but because there simply aren't enough grants to go around.

The Cal Grant program recently completed a first-ever September processing cycle specifically for community college students to compete for 11,250 grants that were set aside for them. The colleges were able to fully qualify more than 58,000 students -- or five eligible students for every one available grant. More than 47,000 community college students are therefore receiving letters from the California Student Aid Commission telling them they were eligible but will not receive one of the grants. The grants, each worth $1,551, can be used to help pay for books and supplies, transportation to classes, childcare, and food and housing expenses.

"Our colleges are proud of the outreach effort that resulted in eligibility for so many students," says Mary Gill, dean of enrollment management in the student services division of the California Community Colleges chancellor's office. …

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