Student Senate for California Community Colleges Press Release: May Revise Lacks Cal Grant Investment
Yesterday, Governor Brown released his May Budget Revision. In this revision, he not only highlighted his commitment towards promoting accessibility by integrating technology into instruction, as evidenced by his proposed $5 million (one time) funds for creating Zero Textbook Cost Degrees, but also his intent on spurring basic skills reform through maintaining the funds allocated towards the Basic Skills & Student Outcomes Transformation Program. Furthermore, by preserving his $200 million investment into the Strong Workforce Initiative, Governor Brown outlined his vision to support community colleges in offering programs that our unemployed or underemployed students need.
According to Vice President of External Affairs Galeana, “although the SSCCC is considerate over the Governor’s attempt to invest in our system, a significant investment is lacking within his budget; a desperate need to expand our state’s Cal Grant Program. The importance of this investment cannot be underscored; by 2025 California will need to produce 2.4 million more degrees that it is currently on track to produce.”
President Salem followed up on Vice President Galeana’s comments by spotlighting that “in order to ensure that we reach the threshold, our state needs to give its neediest, low-income students the financial assistance necessary to afford an education. For community college students, the Cal Grant B Access Award can provide us with this financial assistance. This is especially important when considering that 90% of the total cost to attend a community college stems from non-tuition costs, such as housing, food and transportation.”
As an organization that represents 2.3 million community college students statewide, the SSCCC feels compelled to highlight its discontent with the lack of investment towards the Cal Grant Program in the proposed budget. By not investing in the program, we are not investing in our state’s most at-risk students.