Hundreds of LMU students, along with faculty and staff at the university, led a rally on campus urging state legislators to reject a proposal from Gov. Jerry Brown that would slash the maximum Cal Grant award and make college less affordable for many Californians.
The event, held April 27, is the latest effort by LMU students to protect Cal Grants. In March, two LMU students joined a rally outside the state Capitol, where legislators were considering the governor’s proposal.
Cal Grants are state-funded awards given to California students to defray the cost of tuition at a college or university in the state. Unlike loans, they do not need to be paid back. Gov. Brown has proposed reducing the maximum Cal Grant award by nearly half, to $5,472 for students at independent colleges like LMU.