Students rally to protest Cal Grant cuts

College students from around the state to rally against governor’s proposed Cal Grant cuts

March 5, 2012—Students from California's independent non-profit colleges will descend upon the State Capitol to protest Governor Jerry Brown’s proposal to nearly halve the Cal Grant maximum award to students at California’s independent non-profit colleges.

The first ever rally is part of the AICCU Day in the Capitol (Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities), which also includes a morning briefing with legislative members and a full day of advocating support of Cal Grant funding. The day concludes with Cal Grant students testifying before the Assembly Budget #2 Subcommittee on Education Finance.

Rally to Save Cal Grants

When: Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at 11:30 a.m.

Where: West Steps, State Capitol, Sacramento, CA 95814

Who: Cal Grant students, Cal Grant alumni, college presidents, faculty, trustees, as well as community leaders will speak to the benefits of the Cal Grant program, including: 

  • Speaker of the Assembly John Perez, (invited) 
  • Assemblymember Susan Bonilla (District 11 – Concord) 
  • Assemblymember Marty Block (District 78 – San Diego) 
  • Diana Fuentes-Michel, Executive Director of the California Student Aid Commission 
  • Mary Lyons, president of the University of San Diego and chair of AICCU board 
  • Roger Salazar, Sacramento communications consultant, University of Redlands alum and Trustee

The University of Redlands delegation will include:

  • President James Appleton* 
  • Executive Vice President, COO Phil Doolittle 
  • Dean of Admissions Paul Driscoll 
  • University of Redlands students receiving Cal Grants*

* President James Appleton is available for interviews
* University of Redlands student and Cal Grant recipient available for interviews

For more information on the AICCU and its efforts to save Cal Grant funding, please visit and  

AICCU is the unified statewide voice of California's independent, nonprofit, WASC-accredited colleges and universities, providing policy makers, counselors, students, and parents information about independent nonprofit education in California.

AICCU's 74 member institutions annually enroll 140,000 undergraduate and 120,000 graduate students. Twenty-one percent (21%) of all undergraduate degrees and 53% of all graduate and professional degrees are earned at California’s independent nonprofit colleges and universities. Additionally, 40% of the state's teachers, 67% of its lawyers, 72% of the dentists, and 77% of its pharmacists are educated at California independent nonprofit colleges and universities. AICCU schools are the institutions enrolling, investing in, and graduating California’s students—its future workers and leaders.

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