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Staff and students interviewed about the importance of Cal Grants

Gov. Jerry Brown rolled out a revised budget proposal Monday that relies on increased income and sales taxes from a proposed November ballot measure to avoid deep cuts to K-12 and higher education. These cuts would include a 44-percent cut to Cal Grants, an aid that 556 of University of Redlands students receive. More than 26,000 students in independent nonprofit universities in California would be affected by Cal Grant cuts.

On the same day, Maria de Lourdes Barajas' 12, Claudia Martinez' 09 and Ruben Gonzalez' 13, were featured on Monday morning by the Univision 34 morning news. They were interviewed by reporter Cecilia Bogran about the importance of Cal Grants for current and future students of independent nonprofit universities such as University of Redlands. Cal Grants are vital financial aid to first-generation students including Hispanics as 23 percent of Cal Grant recipients in the Inland Empire are Latino.

Barajas is graduating this year with her bachelor’s degree in management from the University’s School of Business location in Torrance while Ruben Gonzalez is a junior, majoring in biology, who was part of the student delegation that traveled to Sacramento in March and April to advocate against cuts to Cal Grants. Claudia Martinez is a Redlands graduate with a degree in race and ethnic studies. She currently serves as the University’s First Generation Student Programs Coordinator.

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