It’s Time to Overhaul and Update the Cal Grant System

By Yessica Gomez
Capitol Weekly

Today, 37% of all college students across the nation are older than 25 and many of those adult learners choose the flexibility of online learning to balance their family and work responsibilities. But current state law does not allow students to access Cal Grants if they attend an online college that does not have a brick-and-mortar campus in the state. Too many low-income Californians cannot access the Cal Grant to fund a degree at the university of their choosing. Unfortunately, when it comes to need-based state financial aid, the Cal Grant program is leaving many adult online learners behind, simply because they’ve chosen an institution that better fits their lifestyle…

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