UC students ask Schwarzenegger to save Cal Grant aid

UC students ask Schwarzenegger to save Cal Grant aid

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24 Responses to “UC students ask Schwarzenegger to save Cal Grant aid”


  1. 1 Ryan Haley March 2, 2010 at 11:39 AM

    The problem with raising school prices is that it would greatly decrease the racial diversity in schools. This is true because most upper class families are generally white. This may not be a problem with school systems on that note, but a problem with the American society it’s self. Although raising school prices and cutting funds such as the scholarship program in place here may offer beneficial cuts for the capitalist’s policies. Which are that the individual always determines how successful you are, but reality is that people can be held back just because a social status(being lower class).

  2. 2 Anthony Azevedo March 2, 2010 at 9:50 PM

    I agree with Ryan Haley, the raising school prices would change the racial diversity and social status in the college system. The only chance a person of lower status would have to attend college, would all depended on athletics. There should be way to award the smartest people in the world, regardless of social class. Does the SAT mean nothing? We are heading toward the movie plot of Idiocracy, which is a 2006 comedic film, directed by Mike Judge and starring Luke Wilson and Maya Rudolph. The world is getting stupider, because of government actions. Who do we want running our country or the world? I prefer the smartest! How about you.

    Idiocracy is great movie, If you don’t know what I’m talking about then watch it.

  3. 3 Amanda Herrera March 3, 2010 at 11:07 AM

    I also agree with the previous two comments that the racial diversity would change due to the Cal Grant cut backs and the rise in tuition. I also side with the students. Being a student myself who receives cal grant I would be pretty made if it was taken away. (However since i am attending a private college in california i don’t think this would apply to me personally.) I would like to know not just Schwarzenegger’s logic behind doing this but also the other politicians you have agreed to this proposal. Having would allow an unbiased judgement. In addition, i also think that there should be other ways to help our state outside of education. Education in both the providing of and receiving has always been a major concern not just on the state level but on the nation. Since it holds such importance it would seem better to look else where.

  4. 4 Amanda Chow March 3, 2010 at 3:05 PM

    Like the article stated, a good fraction of the colleges are made up of the students who receive Cal-Grants. I think what the lobbying students did was great because the government needs to hear the voices of the students. The politicians do not have to worry about their education anymore, but they should worry about ours for we are the future. And cutting back the Cal-Grants will lower the study body in general because many students cannot even afford the raise in tuitions. Then there is another dilemma because then like everyone else has pointed out the student body would definitely decrease in racial/ethnical diversity. The government should hear the students out and even take in consideration of their solution too.

  5. 5 Lorena Rodegeb March 3, 2010 at 7:52 PM

    Kudos to those students who are making their voices heard! Cutting the Cal Grant is unacceptable. So many people who have become unemployed and have had to go back to school in an attempt to get a job again will once again suffer because of this. Students who are doing all they can to attend and need the grant will suffer. How many jobs does it take to be able to attend college? I have job that pays well so currently do not receive the grant (but I once did) and I know that I cannot afford the several thousand dollars it would cost me to attend. What then…can’t get a better job because I don’t have the education, can’t get the education because the schools want an arm and a leg!!! If students stop attending because they can’t afford it, and from the estimates it’s approximately one third of the student body, what happens to those students? What will become of California with so many unemployed and uneducated people?

    Also, it’s very sad to see that such actions would possibly create a racial inequality in students attending college, especially in California which prides itself as being a racially and ethnically diverse state…I guess not!! This would definitely create resentment among students and create a wider gap between social classes.

    It seems like education system entirely, from kindergarten through college levels, is suffering tremendously. There are tons of school closures going on at the K-12 levels, does this then mean this is what is to come for colleges and universities?

  6. 6 Jennifer DaRosa March 4, 2010 at 6:55 PM

    It is not ok to cut the cal grants. These grants are the only thing that is keeping many students in school. It is especially important to the St. Mary’s community considering a good chunk of the students that attend here have a cal grant. By taking the grants away it will diminish the number of people going to college and as said in previous comments diminish diversity.

  7. 7 Hannah Mac Dula March 4, 2010 at 7:11 PM

    What struck me most when reading this article was the correlation between problems on campus and financial problems. Whether these problems are associated or not, they still occur. The author implies that taking away the cal grant results in less diversity and intolerance of different students. I think that this could be true. By taking the Cal Grant away from students, in order to have a good education, students will have to have much more money. This is definitely a disadvantage for the bright but poor factions of students. I read a few reader comments and was appalled at what some readers wrote. Many of them claimed that UC students need to get off their butts and work. I was seriously enraged. Many students DO work and get loans but it is still not enough. In addition, many students realize how much money goes into college funds so they spend day after day scrimping on money for food. I know of a student in the UC system who eats ramen noodles almost every day in order to save for college. The proposals the UC students put forth sound like good ideas! Pay more for using resources that California has and send some of the money to the schools! We definitely need the money and would put it to good use.

  8. 8 Nhi Ho March 4, 2010 at 7:37 PM

    Cal Grant is a very important. The reason that many low income students are attending college is because of the financial aid from Cal Grant. I am receiving Cal Grant myself, if Cal Grant is remove, then that means I’ll probably have to take out loans to cover part of the college tuition. If this really happens, then many disadvantage and diverse students will not be able to attend college. College is about being diverse.

  9. 9 Christopher Henderson (100) March 6, 2010 at 7:58 PM

    I agree with all the comments that have stated that increasing college expenses and eliminating crucial financial aid opportunities such as the Cal grant will only further reduce the diversity in our state’s universities. When the Cal grant is providing a 3rd of a student’s tution, it is highly unlikely that they will be able to continue paying for their education. I know personally, that if the Cal grant is thrown out, I may not be able to transfer to a UC as I had hoped to. This state really needs to focus on higher education and funding for it. Hopefully the students who appealed to our governor shed some light on the way things have been handled. I guess we will see.

  10. 10 Anna Hernandez March 7, 2010 at 4:49 PM

    Although the Cal Grant does not cover all university costs, it covers a good portion that allows students and their parents to keep money in their pockets for other costs. Not only UC students use Cal Grants but CSU students do as well. As a CSU alumna, the Cal Grant helped pay for my tuition (tuition was significantly less than it is now) and this helped me invest my money in housing while I was in school. The Cal Grant is a great program but since the State’s income has been decreasing while expenses increase, I can see how this program has the possibility of being cut; however, if the Capitol is interested in the people it serves then the program will not be cut and gifts to students will not be decreased.

  11. 11 Azusa Mori March 9, 2010 at 9:04 AM

    The comments in the last two paragraphs are showing us that UC schools are not equally accessible to students anymore because of the increase of tuition and fees. I strongly feel that increasing the funding for Cal Grant should be maintained from now on for students who need finantial aid to get into UC schools. UC schools are one of the most famous popular schools around the world and some of my friends are also studying there. So I really hope that they dont cut the number of students by giving them hard time financially.

  12. 12 Ruby S. March 11, 2010 at 2:17 PM

    I can’t imagine how many student would be affected if the Cal Grant was cut from financial aid. The Cal Grant has been a stable aid in helping thousands of students be able to achieve their educational goals without having to worry about being in debt for the rest of their lives.

    As much as people complain about the prices of gas, I would not be involved in the griping if I knew that the taxes would be going towards college students such as myself. Somethings are going to change in order to cope with the financial crisis of the recession, but hopefully the important aids will be left intact.

  13. 13 Matt Cardoza March 14, 2010 at 3:26 PM

    If financial aid was cut, there would definitely be a decrease in the amount of diversity, there is no questions asked. UC schools are very popular and have never been the most accessible sources of education to begin with. Increasing the tuition would not give a fair chance for students with financial troubles who have the same grades as students who come from wealthy families.

  14. 14 Alma Tenorio March 16, 2010 at 8:07 AM

    This article concerns me as a future UC student. I know that the state is needing money to make up the difference from over spending, but cutting money from schools is not the solution. I believe many would agree that the investment in higher education would benefit everyone in the long run. If more students are aided to attend college, then we will have those trained students in our workforce. It is not likely that students studying in California would want to persue a job outside it. California would be benefiting from the students it now aids in the future.

  15. 15 Britt Rockseth March 18, 2010 at 8:00 AM

    If CAL Grants are completely cut what will happen to those that use the CAL Grants that cannot afford to attend school without the grant? If this grant is eliminated thousands of students will not be able to attend UC and get a greater education then they had planned. The CAL Grants supports many students that may not be able to afford a UC but with the Grant they can with little debt, what will happen to these students that can no longer attend the school of their choice, will they drop out? If so what will happen to our job market? I feel that the CAL Grants allow univesities to have diversity and apart of that is the American Dream, if the grants are diminished what will happen to our schools diversity? The rich will become richer.

  16. 16 EconConsumer April 24, 2010 at 7:06 AM

    I support Calgrants. Yes, many students are in need of assistance but look at their goals. Their goal is to get an education and no longer live in poverty but to be a productive citizens in a community. I work two jobs and I still need Calgrant. My goal is to move up the ladder of education and be able to sustainable am affortable life without falling back into poverty. Its great to hear students out protesting any Calgrant cuts. These students are our future.

    The main goal is get people out of a poverty state, not everyone has resources to fall back on. This will only help out economy in the long run. Look to the future.

  17. 17 Tiffany Hagewood May 2, 2010 at 7:25 PM

    Of course a good amount of colleges are made up of students who receive Cal Grants, school is expensive and difficult to pay for especially when you’re out on your own. And the fact that the Cal Grant covers only 1/3 of the cost of attending. I think Schwarzenegger should be out there doing everything possible to save this aid!

    I think the way the article tries to tie racism to the lack of racially diverse students in the UC system is a little bit extreme. I think it’s a little bit too soon to be doing so. Wait another year or so and if things continue and the UC system is almost completely full of rich upper class American’s, then you can blame the aid cuts for racism. I like many other American’s don’t have an answer to this difficult topic of college budget cuts, but something needs to be done.

  18. 18 Melissa Moylan May 6, 2010 at 6:57 PM

    It is a sad reality that when making budget cuts politicians immediately direct their attention to the school system. California has been in debt for some time now, but i think it is ridiculous that they would take away cal grants. Many students depend on scholarships and in the long run the budget cuts will only effect how successful this generation will be.

  19. 19 Ana Ahnen May 8, 2010 at 3:03 PM

    Cutting cal grants will only allow students to drop out of college. Many students in the university system in California have cal grants, and that is the only reason they are able to go to college. Also, this will allow for the diversity in colleges to go down. Many students who are on cal grants are of a minority, and without the cal grants, there will be no motivation for the community to try to go to college.

  20. 20 Caitlin K May 17, 2010 at 5:54 PM

    I have a Cal Grant as well as several other scholarships, and without them I could not afford to go to Saint Mary’s, so I can appreciate why these students want to save them. Keeping the Cal Grant is an encouragement from the government for students to go to college; and with more educated citizens our economy will ultimately do better, because people will be doing their jobs better by making higher paying jobs more competitive. As for the hate crimes, I do not think it has to do with diversity with in the schools. From the perspective of being a white middle class student, I am overlooked for many opportunities of financial aid, just because I do not have any African American in me or Latino. Why should the grants be primarily for the “minorities”, I’m white but I can’t afford it? And how is automatically assuming that the hate crimes were due to a lack of diversity, suggesting that they were committed by white students, not racist? The grant should be based on those who need the help, not by what box you check under ethnicity.

  21. 21 Colette Whitney May 18, 2010 at 2:13 PM

    Cutting Cal Grants would be a very sad thing to see. Many students would drop out of college and some of those students could be the ones that cure cancer and become our next CEO’s. The economy is bad right now, which is making it even harder for some families and students to pay for college. The last part of the article talks about racism that is happening on campus. It is true that white people still receive the highest incomes, and I think it is very important to have diversity in schools because our country is the melting pot. People from different backgrounds can learn from each other, and a more diverse school could decrease the racism and segregation. People come to our country to receive better opportunities, and it is not fair for a student who is very intelligent to not be able to go to college because he or she could not afford it. Everybody should have a chance to go to college.

  22. 22 Ji Young Yoo (Macro) May 18, 2010 at 9:48 PM

    I don’t understand why the governor wants to eliminate scholarship for up to 22,500 students. Is it really necessary to slash funding for many college students for the sake of state budget balance? And what sort of positive difference would it make to improve the overall economy? I say this policy adds minimal to improve the overall economy and is not necessary in that the state can balance its budget by more righteous measures that do not violate many students’ chance to get a proper education, such as raising taxes on luxury goods or Assembly Bill 656 ascribed in the article.

  23. 23 Blanca Cerda May 19, 2010 at 12:50 AM

    I don’t think tht cutting the Cal Grants is such a good idea. Many people need Cal Grants in order to continue pursuing their education. By taking this away, we are limiting the amount of people that will be able to attend a college or university. With Cal Grants gone, more people are going to be discouraged to go to college because they will not be able to afford it. If the state continues to encourage students to attend a college or university, then they should help them!

  24. 24 Ciara Pedroncelli May 19, 2010 at 12:53 AM

    Cal Grant Aid is extremely necessary. To cut Cal Grants, even though it would save the state money right now could really hurt the state in the long run. By not giving students that need the money help to pay for school, what will they do? They will not go to school which means that if the do not find a job then they could possibly begin doing drugs or other things that will hurt the state in the long run. Keeping Cal Grants means more students have the opportunity to go to college and succeed which means greater benefits for California.


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