Chancellor Timothy P. White and other key team members of the California State University travel to Washington, D.C. each year to work to advance the university’s priority legislation with federal lawmakers. In all, more than 100 campus presidents, campus administrators, student leaders, as well as members of the CSU Board of Trustees, took part in Hill Day 2015.

In addition to discussing key federal funding priorities, the CSU teams also used this advocacy trip to educate lawmakers about the quality of our academic programs, the caliber of our student scholars and the scholastic achievements of our stellar faculty.

Topping the list of “action items” to discuss with lawmakers include Pell Grant funding and the reauthorization of the Higher Learning Act.

Financial Aid Fact Sheet 

The Pell Grant is the foundation of federal student aid, providing opportunity to millions of students who might otherwise not be able to attend college. The need for assistance is great—nearly 3 out of 4 CSU students have jobs, and nearly 18 percent work more than 30 hours a week. Even with jobs and state aid, many CSU students depend on federal aid. Over 201,000 CSU students receive Pell Grants, with an average grant of nearly $4,250. A loss in Pell Grant funding would have a devastating impact on CSU students and their families.

Pell Grant Priorities for CSU for fiscal year 2016:

  • Support cost of living increases in maximum Pell Grant
  • Ensure that any Pell grant program savings stay in the program for use in future years
  • Support restoration of a “year-round” Pell program in a manner that will assist low-income student, including non-traditional student, to accelerate academic progress

CSU Student Degree Priorities for 2015: The Graduation Initiative 2025 aims to boost CSU bachelor’s degrees earned by over 100,000 over the next decade. Strengthened federal higher education programs will greatly assist in meeting these goals.

CSU is leading the effort to reauthorize the Higher Education Act (HEA) which was enacted in 1965 “to strengthen educational resources of our colleges and universities and to provide financial assistance for students in postsecondary education.” Today, this landmark legislation makes it possible for millions of disadvantaged students to afford a postsecondary education and helps thousands of colleges and universities to provide quality education to low-income and non-traditional students, and to prepare them to contribute to the nation’s success.

Programs such as Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)/Work-Study support services are vital to the CSU’s efforts to attract, retain and graduate disadvantaged or low income students.

CSU would like to acquire additional federal dollars to enhance partnerships and innovations that boost student success. Proven programs such as TRIO and GEAR UP help prepare underrepresented community college and K-12 students prior to their CSU academic career.

The public’s investment in the CSU system generates huge returns by providing businesses and industries with highly-qualified, well-prepared college graduates. The CSU is the engine of California’s and America’s prosperity.