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 http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/memberinfo.
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).