Fresno Pacific students rally against proposed Cal Grant cuts

The Fresno BeeApril 25, 2014 

Concerned Fresno Pacific University students are rallying to protest proposed cuts to the Cal Grant, which is awarded to undergraduate students who attend either public or private California colleges.

The students, who held a news conference on campus Friday, say the proposed state budget would reduce funding for the grants by 11% next year -- a cut that would affect new students but not current ones.

Organizers said they're worried the plan would limit options for low-income students who rely on funds like the Cal Grant to make college affordable. The Fresno Pacific students are organizing a letter-writing campaign that has already generated more than 500 letters directed to 40 lawmakers.

About 30 students attended the news event to deliver 100 letters to Assembly Member Henry T. Perea, D-Fresno, who supports maintaining funding at current levels. Perea, university President Pete Menjares and sophomore Janet Salcedo spoke at the event.

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