California community colleges seek larger Cal Grants to cover students' living costs - EdSource by Mikhail Zinshteyn

Monday, October 8, 2018

And despite the price tag, some state lawmakers are signaling support for transforming the Cal Grant, which is already considered one of the most generous state aid programs in the country because of the amounts of money that it offers students.

“We know that tuition is only a portion of the cost students face when attending college and I believe we should expand use of Cal Grant to also cover living expenses and transportation to help lighten the burden students face,” said Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside), who chairs the higher education committee in the state Assembly.

Assemblyman Kevin McCarty, (D–Sacramento), chair of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance, said he plans to submit a bill with Medina in 2019 to revamp the Cal Grant programs and increase the aid amounts to cover living expenses.