Monday, June 1, 2009

Politics (and Life): Governor Schwarzenegger Suggests Eliminating the Cal Grant

So, our Governor Schwarzenegger has decided, in an effort to address the state's budget issues, to suggest the phasing out of the Cal Grant. If his plan goes through, only those students currently receiving funds will continue to get money, and any new or future students (including transfer students for the '09-'10 school year) will not get anything. For many, including myself, this could force an end to any college aspirations. The Joint Legislative Budget Committee will be meeting to discuss cuts to education this week and the elimination of the Cal Grant is on the agenda. Please, write the members of the committee and let them know that this cannot stand. Also, it would be beneficial to contact your specific Senate and Assembly state representatives and let them know how you feel. Your specific representative can be found at

Thank you for your help.

Members of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee
Assemblymember Noreen Evans - Chair

Phone:  (916) 319-2007   Fax (916) 319-2107


Assemblymember Roger Niello - Vice Chair

Phone:  (916) 319-2005    Fax: (916) 319-2105


Assemblymember Bob Blumenfield

Phone (916) 319-2040      Fax: (916) 319-2140


Assemblymember Brian Nestande 

Phone: (916) 319-2064      Fax: (916) 319-2164


Assemblymember Kevin De Leon

Phone: (916) 319-2045     Fax: (916) 319-2145


Senator Denise Ducheny - Chair, Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee  

Phone: (916) 651-4040    Fax: (916) 327-3522


Senator Robert Dutton - Vice Chair

Phone: (916) 651-4031    Fax: (916) 327-2272


Senator Mark Leno

Phone: (916) 651-4003     Fax: (916) 445-4722


Senator Alan Lowenthal

Phone: (916) 651-4027     Fax: (916) 327-9113


(This information came from the UCLA financial aid office).