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Call Grant Application Deadline

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California Postsecondary Education Commission
1303 J Street, Suite 500
Sacramento, California 95814-2938

February 20, 2001 - Sacramento - The California Postsecondary Education Commission - CPEC - is pleased to join its partners in the state's educational enterprise in advocating increased public awareness of the availability of financial aid for all qualified students. As the state's postsecondary education planning and coordinating body, providing advice and counsel to the Governor and Legislature as well as the public, CPEC continues to advocate for the importance of postsecondary education for all.

The new Cal Grant program is in place, and the California Student Aid Commission - CSAC - is now accepting application materials that students must file in order to be eligible for Cal Grant awards that will be used in the Fall of 2001. The current application deadline for new Fall 2001 Cal Grant awards is March 2, 2001. SB 245 (Poochigian) has been introduced that would extend this deadline.

According to Warren H. Fox, CPEC's executive director, "the Cal Grant program continues the top performance of California in providing needs-based financial aid to low income students." Fox stated that "a recent national report card graded affordability based on the ability of families to pay tuition at colleges and universities - public and private, the level of financial aid, and reliance on loans to finance college expenses. California fares well in this category nationally, as only five states, including California received A's in affordability."

Executive Director Fox went on to indicate that "since World War II, education beyond high school has become an increasingly routine feature of American life. It has been an expansion that gained particular momentum during the 1960's and 1970's, when both state and federal governments took steps to ensure that a postsecondary education was available to all Americans regardless of economic background. The belief in the importance of education remains strong even with worries about the affordability of going to college. The substantial increase in California's Cal Grant program will continue to keep college affordable for Californians of all economic and social backgrounds."

The Cal Grant program and related information about it can be found on the Internet. The information can be found at the California Student Aid Commission's website. The site also provides further details about the different types of Cal Grant awards and eligibility requirements. Another location of potential interest is an online financial planning guide located at EdWise.

For full-time undergraduate students living on-campus, costs associated with attending the California State University for a year currently average $10,468, the University of California is $14,327. Per unit cost for courses at the California Community Colleges is $11.00.

Application forms for the Cal Grant program include the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the GPA Verification Form. The FAFSA form can be obtained in several locations including the Internet where an electronic version may be found at FAFSA.

Students are individually responsible for filling out the FAFSA form and for requesting that their high school submit and certify their Grade Point Average. Students and their parents are encouraged to seek advice and assistance in these matters from high school or college counselors who are key resources that students must be able to depend upon.

Other sources of Information for California colleges and universities and financial aid:

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