Loyola Marymount University student representatives met with state legislators in Sacramento on March 12 to lobby for the
continued renewal of Cal Grants.
The Cal Grant program is a state financial aid initiative
aimed at low-income students. The state announced a 30-day delay of Cal Grants in
February 2009, affecting mostly incoming freshmen and transfer students for whom
schools have yet to report the need for funding. Last March, two students
traveled to the capital to thank legislators for restoring the maximum Cal
Grant award to $9,078. This year,
sophomores Julianna Herrera ’11 and Nerissa Irizarry ’11 spoke to state
legislators about the importance of Cal Grants to LMU students.
Herrera works with students in the Financial Aid Office, and
feels honored to continue this LMU legacy of lobbying for student financial aid.
“I am very excited and feel very privileged to have been chosen to speak for
students like me at the state capitol,” Herrera said.
She added, “I hope to have our voices heard, those of us students
able to attend LMU as a direct result of state and federal aid. Perhaps the
stories of all the students who will be attending the Cal Grant Day will remind
these decision-makers just how invaluable this aid is to each of us and how,
without it, we would not be able to attend LMU.”