The University of La Verne came to its students’ rescue when Cal Grants were delayed due to the state budget stand still.
ULV has advanced nearly $3.2 million to cover late Cal Grant payments needed by 700 new and returning undergraduate students for the fall semester.
“We are a student-centered university and wanted to help,” Leatha Webster, director of financial aid, said. “We put forth the money once we realized it would be awhile for the state budget to be approved.”
Without this money, many students would not have had the funds to cover their 2010 fall semester.
“Although I am very thankful that the university is covering the late Cal Grants, I also think it is not fair that the school should have to pay the money,” Jocelyn Bravo, senior business administration major, said. “Without a Cal Grant I would have to take out more student loans to cover my tuition.”
A Cal Grant is money for college students funded by the state of California that does not need to be paid back.
The University believes the state budget issue will be resolved. When it is, ULV will be reimbursed from the state program.
“Putting forth the money did not affect our school’s operation,” said Webster. “It is not a matter of if the budget gets approved, but when the budget gets approved, the latest the state budget should be approved is after the elections in November, however, we have heard it may be sooner.”
ULV has always been a school that puts its students first and this heroic act has further proved the point that students are a number one priority.
“Our students were already enrolled in their classes and living on campus when we realized the funds were delayed in early September,” President Steve Morgan said.
The money is coming from the university’s operating budget.
“There was money in the operating budget for a contingency plan,” Morgan said.
The students being covered by the university include those who should be receiving Cal Grants A and B awards.
Cal Grant A awards provide up to $9,708 for tuition and fees for eligible students attending non-public colleges in the state of California. Cal Grant B awards provide up to $1,551 to first-year low-income students to help cover living allowances and for assistance with tuition and fees.
“I receive Cal Grants from the state and it upsets me that the funds were delayed because the state could have delayed my education,” Cherlynn Clark, senior liberal studies major, said. “I depend on my Cal Grants to attend school and I am very grateful that the university is covering the late funds.”
The budget that must be passed is a state budget, therefore affects more than just ULV. Schools throughout California have likewise not received the Cal Grants and must find a way to handle the matter.
“Other private schools are doing the same procedure that we are with advancing the money,” Webster said. “Public schools however do not have that as an option.”
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