Sacramento, CA (2019) – For the second year in a row, the California Student Aid Commission (Commission) has elected an all-woman leadership team. Commissioners voted their continued support for Dr. Lande Ajose as Chair of the Commission; Catalina Cifuentes as Vice Chair; and Dr. Judith Greig as Secretary at the final meeting of 2018.
Statewide Initiative to Increase High School Financial Aid Applications Launched
California Student Aid Commission tracks schools with highest rate of student financial aid submissions
Sacramento, CA (2019) – California high schools and districts can view and track how many of their students have completed financial aid applications during the 2019-20 Race to Submit Campaign, a friendly competition that aims to increase the number of high school students completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and California Dream Act Application (CADAA).
Financial Aid Leaders Applaud Governor’s Budget
Governor proposes significant investment in aid for students with children
Sacramento, CA (2019) – California Governor Gavin Newsom’s proposed budget released today includes nearly $200 million in additional funding to increase access for California students pursuing a degree or certificate at public institutions of higher education. Last year, the Cal Grant program that is administered by the California Student Aid Commission, provided $2.1 billion to 370,000 students to cover tuition, fees and costs associated with obtaining a higher education.
Sacramento, CA (2019) – Dr. Lande Ajose, Chair of the California Student Aid Commission was appointed Senior Policy Advisor for Higher Education in the Office of the Governor on January 11, 2019.
New Law Requires Notification about Timely Degree Completion
Students must be provided with the number of semester units required for four-year graduation
Sacramento, CA (2018) – New legislation is set to go into effect on January 1, 2019 requiring that higher education students receiving state financial aid be advised that in order to graduate within four years they must take an average of 15 semester units and also that Cal Grant is limited to four academic years.
Inaugural Higher Education Event in Sacramento Rescheduled
Commission co-sponsors a Black College ExpoTM at Sac State January 26, 2019
Sacramento, CA (2018) – The California Student Aid Commission (Commission) and the National College Resources Foundation (NCRF) in partnership with California State University, Sacramento (Sac State) have secured a new date for the first Black College Expo™ to be held in Sacramento, on January 26, 2019.
Due the fire in Butte County, Sac State made the decision to cancel the Black College Expo, originally scheduled on November 17, 2018. The university had closed its campus and cancelled classes and all outdoor activities during the week leading up to the event.
California Student Aid Commission Approves Strategy to Reform Cal Grant
Major overhaul of California’s higher education financial aid system is endorsed
Sacramento, CA (2018) – The California Student Aid Commission (Commission) voted to take the bold step of establishing the policies to govern an overhaul of the $2 billion Cal Grant program. The 15-member Commission adopted a slate of policy positions that will allow it to begin making recommendations on legislative changes and working with partners and financial aid stakeholders to reshape the Cal Grant Program to best meet the needs of today’s students.
The policy positions articulated and adopted by the Commission for reforming the Cal Grant programs are to:
Sacramento, Calif. – Tuesday, November 20, 2018 – Superintendent of Public Instruction elect Tony Thurmond today announced Lupita Cortez Alcalá as his pick for Chief Deputy Superintendent. Cortez Alcalá is the Executive Director of the California Student Aid Commission, administering over $2 billion in financial aid, and is a prominent voice in the statewide discussion on college affordability and reform of financial aid.
Executive Director to Leave in January
Lupita Cortez Alcalá to become Chief Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction
Sacramento, CA (2018) – The Executive Director of the California Student Aid Commission, Lupita Cortez Alcalá, will become the next Chief Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction as Tony Thurmond takes the reins at the California Department of Education in early January. Ms. Alcalá has served as the Executive Director of the Commission since December 2015.
Sacramento, CA (2018) –California State University, Sacramento has made the decision to cancel the Black College Expo™ scheduled for November 17, 2018, because of poor air quality related to the Camp Fire. The university closed its campus earlier this week and cancelled classes and all outdoor activities.
Low-Cost Letter Redesign Could Help More Californians Go to College
Commission partners with California Policy Lab to conduct study
Berkeley–Low-income high school students in California may utilize millions of dollars more in Cal Grant funds, according to early findings from a letter redesign study conducted by the California Policy Lab and the state’s Student Aid Commission.
California Community Colleges Holds First of Five Town Hall Meetings to Address Barriers and Challenges of Black and African-American Enrollment
Hundreds of students, parents, educators and community leaders joined in the conversation
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California Community Colleges held the first of five statewide town hall meetings this week at Holman United Methodist Church in Los Angeles to engage students, parents, educators and community leaders in discussions of the barriers and challenges that impact Black and African-American college enrollment.
Executive Director Discusses the State of College Affordability at Annual Meeting of California Financial Aid Administrators
Sacramento, CA (2018) – Lupita Cortez Alcalá, Executive Director of the California Student Aid Commission (Commission) was a featured speaker at the California Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (CASFAA) annual conference in Palm Desert, California, today. She spoke about the State of College Affordability during the morning general session of the 4-day event held annually to provide training and updates to college financial aid professionals.
State Launches 2018-19 Cash for College Workshops
California Student Aid Commission offering free financial aid training for FAFSA/CADAA season
Sacramento, CA (2018) – Beginning this month and lasting through March 2, 2019 all high school seniors, college students, and their families can attend any of the more than 1,000 free Cash for College workshops throughout California. These workshops offer assistance completing and submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA); California Dream Act (CADAA); Chafee Grant for Foster Youth; and Middle Class Scholarship applications.
California State University Campus to Host College Readiness Event
CSU Sacramento holding Feria de Educación for students and families
Sacramento, CA (2018) – The Sixth Annual Feria de Educación, a community education fair, will be held 10am-3pm at California State University Sacramento on Saturday, October 13, 2018. The California Student Aid Commission (Commission) joins other community sponsors to bring this college readiness event to Northern California.
Statewide 2018 Race to Submit Winners Celebration
California Student Aid Commission recognizes schools with highest rate of student financial aid submissions
Sacramento, CA (2018) – Winners of a statewide campaign aimed at increasing the number of high school seniors who complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and California Dream Act Application (CADAA) will be recognized at an event to be held October 4, 2018, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Governor’s Council Room at the State Capitol in Sacramento.
School leadership from high schools throughout the state that participated in the campaign have been invited to attend the ceremony and each winning school will receive a banner to commemorate their accomplishments.
Community Colleges Seeking 70% Increase in Cal Grant Budget
Proposal would cover more Community College students’ total cost of attendance
Sacramento, CA (2018) – The California Student Aid Commission applauds the bold first step by the California Community Colleges Board of Governors to seek an increase in Cal Grant financial aid funding to cover more students. The proposal seeks a nearly 70% increase in Cal Grant dollars, bringing the total program amount administered by the Commission to $3.7 billion annually.
Governor Signs Legislation Expanding Information about Financial Aid
Schools must provide students with information about applying for financial aid
Sacramento, CA (2018) – The California Student Aid Commission applauds Governor Jerry Brown for signing legislation that will ensure that high school students throughout California receive critical information about how to obtain financial aid to afford a college education.
California Student Aid Commissioner Honored by Student Counselling Professionals Association
NACAC to award Inclusion, Access and Success honor to Catalina Cifuentes
Sacramento, CA (2018) – The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) will present the Inclusion, Access, and Success award to California Student Aid Commission Vice Chair, Catalina Cifuentes in Salt Lake City during their national conference, September 27-29, 2018.
New Student Commissioner Appointed to the California Student Aid Commission
USC Student Maria Manjarrez joins the Commission
Sacramento, CA (2018) – The California Student Aid Commission (Commission) welcomes University of Southern California junior Maria Fernanda Manjarrez as the most recent Commission appointee of Gov. Jerry Brown. Ms. Manjarrez is expected to attend the next meeting of the Commission on September 13-14, 2018, in Rancho Cordova.
State launches 2018 High School Counselor Workshops
California Student Aid Commission offering free financial aid training before FAFSA season
Sacramento, CA (2018) – The California Student Aid Commission (Commission) and the California Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators are hosting High School Counselor Workshops for high school counselors and educational advocates throughout the state. These free workshops, which run through October, provide information and updates on state funded financial aid programs administered by the Commission such as:
Sacramento, CA (2018) – California continues to lead the way in discussions regarding comprehensive student financial aid reform on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 as the final informational hearing on the Master Plan for Higher Education is held in Sacramento. Lupita Cortez Alcalá, Executive Director of the California Student Aid Commission, will be testifying at the hearing for the Assembly Select Committee on the Master Plan for Higher Education in California, where she will provide an overview of the status of higher education finance in California.
Student Aid Commissioners Nies, Lomeli and Moore Confirmed by California Senate
Chair of Commission Elected to WASC Senior College and University Commission
Sacramento, CA (2018) – The California State Senate confirmed three Commissioners to the California Student Aid Commission (Commission) July 5, 2018. Dr. Charles Nies and Alejandro Lomeli were appointed to serve their first terms, while Dr. Jamillah Moore was reappointed to her post. It was also announced that the Commission’s Chair, Dr. Lande Ajose, was elected to the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).
Sacramento, CA (2018) – The California Student Aid Commission (Commission) voted to move forward with the concept of developing a single and more streamlined Cal Grant program. Specific legislative and programmatic change proposals with budget options will be presented at the next Commission meeting on September 13 and 14, 2018. This will be the first proposed major redesign of the Cal Grant program since 2001.
Los Angeles Area California Student Opportunity and Access Program Grant Awarded
Los Angeles based non-profit organization, Families in Schools Receives Two-Year Grant
Sacramento, CA (2018) – Families in Schools (FIS), a non-profit created as a legacy of the Los Angeles Annenberg Metropolitan Project was selected by the California Student Aid Commission (Commission) at the June 21, 2018, meeting to operate the California Student Opportunity and Access Program (Cal-SOAP) in the Los Angeles area.
Statewide 2018-19 Race to Submit Winners Announced
California Student Aid Commission recognizes schools with highest rate of student financial aid submissions
Sacramento, CA (2018) – Winners of a statewide campaign aimed at increasing the number of high school seniors who complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and California Dream Act Application (CADAA) were announced for the 2018 Race to Submit campaign by the California Student Aid Commission (Commission).
Los Angeles Cash for College Scholarship Awards Reception
California Student Aid Commission Executive Director made remarks at financial aid event
Sacramento, CA (2018) – Lupita Cortez Alcalá, Executive Director of the California Student Aid Commission, spoke at the Los Angeles Cash for College (L.A. CFC) Scholarship Awards and School Recognition Reception on May 30, 2018. L.A. CFC is a Regional Coordinating Organization for CSAC’s statewide Cash for College program, which provides workshops to help low-income and first-generation college-goers complete the application process so they can access financial aid for education and career/technical training beyond high school.
2018 Outstanding High School Counselor honored
Century High School (Santa Ana) Counselor Receives Statewide Marmaduke Award
Sacramento, CA (2018) – A veteran high school counselor in Santa Ana has been selected as the winner of the Arthur S. Marmaduke Award for outstanding achievements in high school counseling. Beau Menchaca was honored in a ceremony at Century High School for his dedication in encouraging students to pursue their higher education dreams, announced the California Student Aid Commission.
Leaders in state need-based aid meet in Atlanta
California Student Aid Commission Chair leads student financial aid discussions
Sacramento, CA (2018) – California continues to lead the way in discussions regarding comprehensive student financial aid, as a lead participant in a multi-state discussion panel held Tuesday, May 22, 2018 in Atlanta. Dr. Lande Ajose, Chair of the California Student Aid Commission and Executive Director of the non-profit California Competes, was one of the featured speakers at the Lumina Foundation Strategy Labs Peer Learning Opportunities. The panels were part of an invitation-only event for leaders seeking to identity and pursue solutions aimed at improving postsecondary education attainment.
Actress and Advocate Gabrielle Union Helps Launch the California “Race to Submit” Campaign
A Graduate of U.C.L.A., Union Inspires Students to Complete the FAFSA or California Dream Act Application
(SACRAMENTO, CA) - The California Student Aid Commission is launching the “Race to Submit” statewide campaign to encourage more high school seniors to apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application (CADAA). A “Race to Submit Kick-off” event is planned for 9:30am on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at Rancho Verde High School in Moreno Valley, California, located at 17750 Lasselle St., Moreno Valley, CA 92551.
Statement Urging Congress and the President to Find a Permanent Resolution in Support of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
The California Dream Act Remains State Law, the Application Period Opens on October 1, 2017
(SACRAMENTO, CA) – This statement is in response to today’s announcement by the federal government to terminate the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in six months.
2017 Arthur S. Marmaduke Award Winner Announced
High School Counselor Receives Prestigious Statewide Honor
(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Lynda McGee works hard at her job. She’s been a staff member at Downtown Magnets High School in Los Angeles for nearly 20 years. For 17 of those years she’s worked as a college counselor – not a simple job considering that she’s the only college counselor for over 1,000 students.
WHO: The Consulate General of Mexico in Sacramento, the California Student Aid Commission; Cien Amigos; the Mexican Cultural Center of Northern California; and, others