Legislators Celebrate Cal Grant Victory

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SACRAMENTOAssemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside), the Chair of the Assembly Committee on Higher Education, issued the following statement on the historic inclusion and passage of Cal Grant Reform in the 2022-2023 State Budget:

"I am beyond thrilled to see the Cal Grant Equity Framework, as outlined in AB 1746, included in the state budget. For years, I have worked with my colleagues and our diverse coalition of students, educators, labor, and equity advocates to make Debt Free College a reality. With the budget agreement, we can proudly say that our hard work has paid off. Beginning in 2024, California will streamline financial aid, expanding access to student parents, adult learners, and their families."

In the budget agreement this year, the State of California will enact the Cal Grant Equity Framework, putting California on the path to fix financial aid and to ensure that students can truly access and benefit from the opportunities that higher education provides.

The Cal Grant Equity Framework was developed after years of consultation with students, the university segments, and other key higher education stakeholders. Specifically, groups such as the Fix Financial Aid Coalition, the California Student Aid Commission, UNITE LA, and the Campaign for College Opportunity have championed bills such as AB 1456 (2021) and AB 1746 (2022), by Assemblymembers Jose Medina and Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) and Senator Connie Leyva (D-Chino).

"After years of work, I am thrilled to see our Debt-Free College plan, which includes Cal Grant Reform, adopted into the California State Budget. This is a big game changer for California's hard working students," said Assemblymember Kevin McCarty. "These investments will help ensure students graduate on time without being overburdened with debt, and help produce the necessary college graduates to meet our state's workface demands."

"For several years now, I have been proud to work alongside students, legislators and advocates to secure significant and critical investments for Cal Grant reform—and it has finally become a reality," said Senator Connie Leyva. "By expanding access to financial aid, many more thousands of students across California will be able to attend college and improve their opportunities for success. Though the journey has not been easy, it was absolutely worthwhile now that we are about to leap together across the finish line to an even brighter future for students in the Golden State."

The Cal Grant Equity Framework will streamline and simplify the various types of Cal Grant into a Cal Grant 2 and a Cal Grant 4, for two-year and four-year institutions. The reforms included in the state budget will increase enrollment by 176,000 students and completions by 100,000 students over the next five years, especially among adult learners and student parents.

Assemblymember Medina proudly represents California's 61st Assembly District, which consists of Riverside, Moreno Valley, and Perris.