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Governor Jerry Brown signed California's 2014-15 budget
Good news! On Friday morning, June 20, 2014 Governor Jerry Brown signed California’s 2014-15 budget.

The California Student Aid Commission would like to update you on changes to the Cal Grant and Middle Class Scholarship (MCS) programs for the 2014-15 award year.... READ MORE

Posted: 07-03-14

Jamillah Moore and Richard R. Rush: A wave of college celebrations
Congratulations to this year’s community college graduates! More than 4,000 students earned associate degrees and certificates of achievement from Moorpark, Oxnard and Ventura colleges. Your hard work has established your place among those who have achieved significant goals in higher education.

Commencement ceremonies are happening across the country and in many parts of the world right now. There’s a wave of energy and enthusiasm that’s rising. Each graduate is part of that wave and an outlet for the collective momentum it’s creating. It’s a palpable force that inspires, motivates and, ultimately, changes lives, communities and organizations... READ MORE

Posted: 06-11-14

  Pell Grants Federal Student Aid

 The Federal Pell Grant Program was created to improve the access of low-income students to postsecondary education. Grant recipients enroll at a variety of educational  institutions, including four-year colleges and universities, for-profit schools, two-year community colleges, and institutions that specialize in occupational training. Grants  are awarded on the basis of financial need and academic course load, and the maximum grant a student can receive for the 2013–2014 award year is $5,645. During the  most recent award year for which data are available (July 1, 2011, to June 30, 2012), the program provided $33.6 billion in grants to some 9.4 million students at U.S. educational institutions. The cost of the program has risen dramatically in recent years. From 2006–2007 to 2010–2011, real (inflation-adjusted) spending on Pell grants increased by 158 percent. That change resulted from an 80 percent rise in the number of recipients and a 43 percent real increase in the amount of the average grant during those four years (see figure below). Spending for the program declined in 2011–2012 because of a reduction in the amount of the average grant ... READ MORE

Posted: 06-05-14

For Striving Students, a Connection to Money — The Opinion Pages ...CLICK HERE!
Shortly after he enrolled at the Borough of Manhattan Community College in January, 2012, to study accounting, Jason aged out of the shelter for youths where he was staying. Jason, who asked that only his first name be used, had recently arrived in New York City from the South, where he said he had endured a childhood that shifted him between relatives who abused him and foster care, where he was molested....READ MORE

Posted: 04-09-14

Apprenticeship as Degree Pathway — Inside Higher ED ...CLICK HERE!
The Obama administration on Monday formally launched a new consortium of colleges, employers and unions that is aimed at making it easier for students to turn their apprenticeship experience into academic credit. Colleges participating in the consortium must agree to provide academic credit to students who complete certain apprenticeship programs. The institutions pledge to follow the credit recommendations made by third-party evaluators, who translate the skills learned during an apprenticeship into credit hours....READ MORE

Posted: 04-08-14

The White House Plan - To Make College More Affordable — Fact Sheet ...CLICK HERE!
A higher education is the single most important investment students can make in their own futures.At the same time, it has never been more expensive.That’s why since taking office, President Obama has made historic investments in college affordability,increasing the maximum Pell Grant award for working and middle class families by more than $900, creating the American Opportunity Tax Credit, and enacting effective student loan reforms eliminating bank subsidies. ...READ MORE


The Common Application: Coming August 1, to a Computer Near You!
The big day is coming this Thursday, when the new version of Common Application opens to the public. Known as CA4, this new version of Common App offers the same benefits of using one basic form to apply to hundreds of colleges, while offering streamlined technological advances,and some new guidelines for the much-heralded college essay....READ MORE


The Steven M. Thompson Physician Corps Loan Repayment Application
Will be available starting July 1, 2013. You may access the application at www.calreach.oshpd.ca.gov. To assist with the new application process Foundation staff will be hosting a webinar on June 27, 2013 from 12:30 pm-1:30 pm.We recommend attending at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the webinar as space is limited. If you are unable to attend a recording of the webinar will be on our website for your convenience.Please feel free to forward this email to all interested parties....READ MORE!


ECMC Foundation Contributes $98 Million to the Cal Grant Program
SACRAMENTO, CA (2013) The California Student Aid Commission (Commission) is pleased to announce the ECMC Foundation Board of Directors has authorized a contribution of $98 million to the Cal Grant program for the 2013-14 academic year....READ MORE


Obama Administration has announced the "Pay as you Earn" plan
If you are a recent college graduate a new government loan repayment plan may help you manage your monthly Direct Student Loan payments.To learn more details and to see if you quality,
click here: studentaid.gov/payasyouearn


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