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Victory for California Independent Colleges and Universities (ICCU).

Victory for California Independent Colleges and Universities (ICCU).

On Wednesday (June 27) the Legislature will vote on a revised spending plan with the following changes to the Cal Grant program for students enrolled at ICCU institutions:

• No reduction to the maximum Cal Grant award for current students or those enrolling in ICCU schools in the fall of 2012.

• For Cal Grant students enrolling in the fall of 2013, their projected maximum annual award will be $9,084.

• For Cal Grant students enrolling in the fall of 2014 and beyond, the projected maximum award will be $8,056.

• Institutions with a three-year Cohort Default Rate (CDR) higher than 15.5%, as reported by the US Department of Education, and a six-year graduation rate of 30% or lower are ineligible to participate in the Cal Grant program. (The new CDR and graduation rate requirements have disqualified approximately 85% of the for-profit schools currently enrolling Cal Grant students.)

Legislative language enacting the above-referenced changes is in Assembly Bill 1476; it reflects the new agreement reached by the Governor, Senate President Pro-Tem, and Assembly Speaker last Friday (June 22). The Chair of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee for Education, Susan Bonilla (D-Contra Costa) fought hard to protect Cal Grant students at AICCU schools. Without her tireless efforts over the past week, the maximum award was to be cut to $5,272 for all new students beginning in 2013 and beyond.

Church State Council is grateful for all the work of College and University Administrators and their students who provided compelling stories and facts that made the difference in preventing the devastating cuts originally proposed in the Governor's January budget. Thank you to those who attended Church State Council's Lobby Day and lobbied for the retention of Cal Grants.

It is expected that the Legislature will vote to approve AB 1476 on Wednesday, and then it will go to the Governor for his signature, which is expected before July 1.