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Drexel University Sacramento’s Michael Marion appointed to California Student Aid Commission
SACRAMENTO – Michael Marion, Executive Director and Associate Vice Provost of Drexel University Sacramento, was recently appointed to the California Student Aid Commission, where he will support the mission to make higher education more accessible for California students.

Appointments to the Commission are made by California Governor Jerry Brown and the position requires State Senate confirmation. As a commissioner, Marion will represent private and secondary education schools. He’ll attend his first Commission meeting in November. ... ... READ MORE

Posted: 11-05-14

Williams Highlights $17 Million in Cal Grants Awarded to Students of 37th District
Assemblyman Das Williams, D-Carpinteria, announced that the California Student Aid Commission awarded over $17,319,000 in Cal Grants to 4,355 students in his district. “In our current environment where the cost of college continues to skyrocket and funding for higher education is increasingly difficult to secure, opportunities like this to help students reach their goals are vital,” Williams said.

Cal Grants are free money guaranteed to every high school senior that applies on time and meets income, eligibility and GPA requirements. Students must apply by March 2 to maximize their opportunity to receive an award. ... ... READ MORE

Posted: 11-05-14

California Middle Class Scholarship grants are still available
In a surprising and somewhat embarrassing situation, administrators of California's new Middle Class Scholarship program last month awarded only about half the $107 million available. But on Wednesday, officials announced that they were extending application deadlines so more eligible students could receive the grants this year. ... READ MORE

Posted: 11-05-14

Californians Can Still Access Over $37 million in Middle Class Tuition Assistance – AB 94
REDONDO BEACH, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance), Chairman of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance, called upon the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) to improve their outreach efforts to encourage more students to apply for the newly-created Middle Class Scholarship program. Assembly Bill 94, which Muratsuchi co-authored, created the Middle Class Scholarship Program. ... READ MORE

Posted: 11-05-14

Middle Class Scholarship still available for California students
On Wednesday, the California State Aid Commission (CSAC) announced that only about half of the $107 million allotted to the new Middle Class Scholarship program was awarded. However, officials also announced they would extend the application deadline so more eligible students could receive the grant for the 2014-2015 academic year. ... READ MORE

Posted: 11-05-14

Making the DREAMers’ academic dreams a reality: Guest commentary
The Obama administration’s implementation of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals initiative in 2012 gave undocumented immigrants brought to the United States before their 16th birthday a chance to stay in America. But for children wanting to go to college, that was where their dream ended. Federal financial aid was not yet available to them.

The California DREAM Act — a pair of bills opening the door for undocumented immigrants to receive financial aid from the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) — solved this dilemma a year later. Now the state is starting to see progress. ... READ MORE

Posted: 11-05-14

Three ASI student leaders appointed CSSA positions
Three Cal Poly Pomona student leaders have been chosen to serve on the California State Student Association as representatives for California State University system-wide committees.

Associated Students, Inc. President James Cox will serve on the Admission Advisory Council. 2013-2014 Secretary of Sustainability Michael Adams will serve on the General Education Advisory Council. Devon Graves, 2013-2014 ASI Attorney General, will serve as chair of CSSA. ... READ MORE

Posted: 11-05-14

Report highlights financial aid gap
Low-income students are being especially squeezed by fee increases at the state’s public colleges and universities because financial aid packages haven’t kept pace with costs, according to a new report from the Public Policy Institute of California.

“California is doing a good job of targeting aid to low-income students, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re getting enough aid to make college affordable for them,” said report author Hans Johnson. “Low-income students still have more unmet need than other students.”... READ MORE

Posted: 11-05-14

Getting State Aid to Help Pay for College
As college costs continue to rise, so has the amount of merit- and need-based aid that colleges, companies and nonprofits are giving students, as Weekend Investor detailed in its latest cover story.

Most families turn to the federal government and their children’s colleges for aid based on their financial circumstances. They should also consider what their state offers.... READ MORE

Posted: 08-25-14

Gauging the Academic Payoff, Per Dollar, From Open Ed. Resources
Publishers and school officials have been debating the merits and practicality of "open educational resources"-free academic materials that can be revised and circulated pretty much at will-for some time now.

Can they offer a high-quality alternative to commercially produced texts? Will K-12 systems step out of the shoppers' aisle and build a curriculum around open materials produced by a nonprofit or university? To what extent will for-profit publishers jump into the game by making portions of their catalogs available for free?... READ MORE

Posted: 08-25-14

California's new Middle Class Scholarship awards delayed
UC and Cal State students anticipating financial aid from the state’s new Middle Class Scholarship program are going to have to wait until September to learn how much they will receive, a top administrator said Tuesday.

As a result of the delays, most students will not be able to apply the grants to their fall-term tuition bills but will be able to use the entire year's amount for their winter and spring tabs.... READ MORE

Posted: 07-30-14

For-Profit Colleges Lead Top Recipients of GI Bill Funds
For-Profit colleges accounted for eight of the top 10 recipients of education benefits for U.S. military veterans in the 2012-2013 academic year, according to a Senate report.About $1.7 billion of Post-9/11 GI Bill funds went to for-profit schools that year, more than double the $640 million for 2009-2010, according to the report released today by Senator Tom Harkin, chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

Over the past four years, the top eight for-profit recipients received $2.9 billion, according to the report. The for-profit college industry is starting to show strains after years of scrutiny from federal and state agencies and the Obama administration over recruitment practices and student borrowing.... READ MORE

Posted: 07-30-14

Governor Jerry Brown signed California's 2014-15 budget
Good news! On Friday morning, June 20, 2014 Governor Jerry Brown signed California’s 2014-15 budget.

The California Student Aid Commission would like to update you on changes to the Cal Grant and Middle Class Scholarship (MCS) programs for the 2014-15 award year.... READ MORE

Posted: 07-03-14

Jamillah Moore and Richard R. Rush: A wave of college celebrations
Congratulations to this year’s community college graduates! More than 4,000 students earned associate degrees and certificates of achievement from Moorpark, Oxnard and Ventura colleges. Your hard work has established your place among those who have achieved significant goals in higher education.

Commencement ceremonies are happening across the country and in many parts of the world right now. There’s a wave of energy and enthusiasm that’s rising. Each graduate is part of that wave and an outlet for the collective momentum it’s creating. It’s a palpable force that inspires, motivates and, ultimately, changes lives, communities and organizations... READ MORE

Posted: 06-11-14

Pell Grants
The Federal Pell Grant Program was created to improve the access of low-income students to postsecondary education. Grant recipients enroll at a variety of educational institutions, including four-year colleges and universities, for-profit schools, two-year community colleges, and institutions that specialize in occupational training. Grants are awarded on the basis of financial need and academic course load, and the maximum grant a student can receive for the 2013–2014 award year is $5,645. During the most recent award year for which data are available (July 1, 2011, to June 30, 2012), the program provided $33.6 billion in grants to some 9.4 million students at U.S. educational institutions. The cost of the program has risen dramatically in recent years. From 2006–2007 to 2010–2011, real (inflation-adjusted) spending on Pell grants increased by 158 percent. That change resulted from an 80 percent rise in the number of recipients and a 43 percent real increase in the amount of the average grant during those four years (see figure below). Spending for the program declined in 2011–2012 because of a reduction in the amount of the average grant ... READ MORE

Posted: 06-11-14

For Striving Students, a Connection to Money — The Opinion Pages ...CLICK HERE!
Shortly after he enrolled at the Borough of Manhattan Community College in January, 2012, to study accounting, Jason aged out of the shelter for youths where he was staying. Jason, who asked that only his first name be used, had recently arrived in New York City from the South, where he said he had endured a childhood that shifted him between relatives who abused him and foster care, where he was molested....READ MORE

Posted: 04-09-14

Apprenticeship as Degree Pathway — Inside Higher ED ...CLICK HERE!
The Obama administration on Monday formally launched a new consortium of colleges, employers and unions that is aimed at making it easier for students to turn their apprenticeship experience into academic credit. Colleges participating in the consortium must agree to provide academic credit to students who complete certain apprenticeship programs. The institutions pledge to follow the credit recommendations made by third-party evaluators, who translate the skills learned during an apprenticeship into credit hours....READ MORE

Posted: 04-08-14

The White House Plan - To Make College More Affordable — Fact Sheet ...CLICK HERE!
A higher education is the single most important investment students can make in their own futures.At the same time, it has never been more expensive.That’s why since taking office, President Obama has made historic investments in college affordability,increasing the maximum Pell Grant award for working and middle class families by more than $900, creating the American Opportunity Tax Credit, and enacting effective student loan reforms eliminating bank subsidies. ...READ MORE

The Common Application: Coming August 1, to a Computer Near You!
The big day is coming this Thursday, when the new version of Common Application opens to the public. Known as CA4, this new version of Common App offers the same benefits of using one basic form to apply to hundreds of colleges, while offering streamlined technological advances,and some new guidelines for the much-heralded college essay....READ MORE

The Steven M. Thompson Physician Corps Loan Repayment Application
Will be available starting July 1, 2013. You may access the application at To assist with the new application process Foundation staff will be hosting a webinar on June 27, 2013 from 12:30 pm-1:30 pm.We recommend attending at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the webinar as space is limited. If you are unable to attend a recording of the webinar will be on our website for your convenience.Please feel free to forward this email to all interested parties....READ MORE!

ECMC Foundation Contributes $98 Million to the Cal Grant Program
SACRAMENTO, CA (2013) The California Student Aid Commission (Commission) is pleased to announce the ECMC Foundation Board of Directors has authorized a contribution of $98 million to the Cal Grant program for the 2013-14 academic year....READ MORE

Obama Administration has announced the "Pay as you Earn" plan
If you are a recent college graduate a new government loan repayment plan may help you manage your monthly Direct Student Loan payments.To learn more details and to see if you quality,
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