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Students' Voices are Heard on Cal Grant Cuts

Wednesday, Mar. 14, 2012

On March 7, three Santa Clara University students participated in the Association of Independent California Colleges & Universities (AICCU) Student Day in the Capitol in Sacramento to speak out on the Governor's proposed Cal Grant cuts. They joined over 500 students and representatives from other independent, non-profit colleges and universities throughout California who shared their stories with legislators and thanked them for their support of the Cal Grant program.

Senior Gustavo Magana Jr. and juniors Gerardo Cortez and Leesa Riviere met with assemblymembers and senators throughout the day and delivered a strong, personal message about the difference the Cal Grant program has made in their education. Among the legislators they met were Assemblymembers Paul Fong, Bob Wieckowski, and Bill Berryhill, and Senators Elaine Alquist, Curran Price, and Anthony Cannella. As part of the planned event, Gustavo addressed a group in front of the Capitol building and gave interviews with several television and radio stations.

That same day, the Assembly Budget Subcommittee voted against the Governor's proposal to cut the Cal Grant maximum award by 44%.  The proposal now goes to the State Senate, scheduled for April 19. I thank our students for representing Santa Clara in this important effort to retain Cal Grant funding for independent, non-profit institutions like ours.

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