Each spring, students attending independent colleges who receive Cal Grant awards from the state of California travel to the state capitol and meet with legislators to express their gratitude for this financial assistance and ask that the program continue to be funded. These students represent thousands of Cal Grant recipients enrolled in the 75-member institutions of the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU). Several USD students participate in this effort and speak on behalf of the hundreds of Cal Grant recipients who attend USD.
Cal Grants are awards made through the California Student Aid Commission to eligible students from low- and mid-income families so they can attend college. There are two primary Cal Grant programs: one for undergraduate students attending a California State University or University of California campus who can qualify — up to $3,354 and $7,788 respectively — to cover full system-wide fees. Another program is available for those attending AICCU institutions like USD who are eligible to receive up to $9,708 toward the cost of tuition. The Cal Grant entitlement awards are guaranteed for four years of college.
USD students who are Cal Grant recipients and interested in participating in this exercise in advocacy should contact the Office of Community and Government Relations by February 1.