Santa Cruz Good Times

Saturday
Oct 25th
Text size
  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size

SUA Fights to Protect Cal Grants

blog_slug2UCSC students look to preserve long term state aid

The Student Union Assembly (SUA) has begun a campaign to protect Cal Grants, a form of financial aid available for California college students that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger proposed eliminating last spring.

Their campaign to protect the grant began last week as part of their “week of action” as SUA members gathered in the Baytree Plaza. They encouraged people to fill out yellow slips of paper to show their support.  Members called the week “a success” and are now going into classrooms, asking people to fill out more of the paper slips.  So far, they have accumulated 1,400.

Victor Sanchez, external vice chair for the Student Union Assembly, says that one third of UCSC’s student body is first generation college students.  Many of these are students of color or from low-income backgrounds, but Sanchez believes that the state aid benefits everyone at the university.

“It really robs everyone of a quality education, if you don't have people who come from very diverse perspectives and backgrounds,” says Sanchez. “It really affects your learning experience.”

The SUA plans to send the yellow postcards to California State Senator Denise Ducheney to encourage her to author and propose a constitutional amendment to save the grant. Members of SUA express relief that the Cal Grant was not cut last spring but worry that it may not sustain funding into the future.

According to a university press release, 28 percent of UCSC undergrads receive and quality for the grant. The Cal Grant pays up $9,700 in student fees depending on the price of the college and the student’s need.  The SUA worries that if it is eliminated, the demand for all other loans will go up, making all aid and loans harder to receive and prompting their interest rates to rise. Half of UCSC students could be affected.

Sanchez believes college affordability is as important as ever, especially considering the 32 percent fee increase for students awaiting approval in the coming weeks.
“The main reason for the importance of this program is that it's money that students don't have to pay back at the end of the day,” Sanchez says.  “That's kind of what the whole point of a public institution is. The grant really exists as an avenue for students to achieve a degree in higher education.”

Comments (0)Add Comment

Write comment
smaller | bigger

busy
 

Share this on your social networks

Bookmark and Share

Share this

Bookmark and Share

 

Santa Cruz Restaurant Week

A huge part of Santa Cruz Restaurant Week has always been about offering a great dining experience for an affordable price. For some locals, the $25 flat-rate cost has provided the opportunity (or the excuse!) to try new spots, and indulge in Santa Cruz fine dining in a way they might have thought too pricey before.

 

Scorpio Sun, New Moon Eclipse, Mercury Direct

The Sun enters Scorpio’s mysteries Thursday under a new moon and partial solar eclipse (something essential has come to an end, its purpose completed). In Scorpio we harbor secrets, are devoted to something deep, dark and hidden. Sometimes it’s ourselves. We can bring great suspect to our assessment of others. Scorpio is the scorpion, the serpent and the eagle—three levels of development. As the serpent we take shelter in our beliefs. Sometimes we bite (or sting). The eagle vanquishes old beliefs through its sharp intellect, soaring high in the air, seeking to understand through perspective. Understanding releases us from the bondage of fear. The eagle is like the mother soothing feelings of mistrust, offering protection. Knowledge does this, too.

 

The New Tech Nexus

Community leaders in science and technology unite to form web-based networking program

 

Light Humor

College comedy questions a post-racial America in ‘Dear White People’
Sign up for Good Times weekly newsletter
Get the latest news, events

RSS Feed Burner

 Subscribe in a reader

Latest Comments

 

Back Porch

Austin Kaye on backyard dinners and why it’s his favorite time of year to be a chef

 

What’s the most outrageous situation you ever saw at a restaurant?

Damani Thomas, Santa Cruz, Chef/Owner

 

Wine Lust

The Spanish Godello grape, plus arancinis, tender butter lettuce and pork schnitzel at Soif

 

What artist or artists participating in the encore weekend of Open Studios should not be missed?

Santa Cruz | Teacher