SUPPORT FOR NEED-BASED GRANT PROGRAMS FOR STUDENTS IN POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION

AS-2190-94/GA - March 10-11, 1994

WHEREAS, current law provides for "Cal Grants" to support students who attend either public or private postsecondary educational institutions under two programs, "Cal Grant A" and "Cal Grant B;" and

WHEREAS, in broadest terms the Cal Grant A program predicates awards upon student academic "merit" (such as high school grade point averages and SAT scores), and the Cal Grant B program features student need (family income) criteria for making awards; and

WHEREAS, current law requires that 17,400 Cal Grant A awards be made, and that 12,250 Cal Grant B awards be made; and

WHEREAS, many observers believe that the rapidly escalating costs of higher education in California make it imperative to move to need-based criteria in awarding support to postsecondary students; and

WHEREAS, SB 1847 (Hart) as introduced February 24, 1994, would replace the Cal Grant program with a new program for student financial aid that would rely upon financial need in determining award recipients, provided that the student awardees meet at least the criteria for eligibility for admission to the California State University; therefore be it

RESOLVED: that the Academic Senate of the California State University endorse policy proposals such as SB 1847 (Hart) designed to rely upon estimated need of qualified applicants in distributing financial aid to California postsecondary students.

APPROVED UNANIMOUSLY -- March 11, 1994



 
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