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Major Expansion Proposed for Cal Grants

February 24, 2021

The California Student Aid Commission and two members of the state Assembly have proposed a major expansion of the state's primary student aid, the Cal Grant. The proposal would reach 200,000 additional students, many of them low-income students, student parents and returning learners. The proposal would also enable students receiving state aid to access other basic needs benefits, such as CalFresh, the state's nutrition assistance program, so that students can get regular meals.

The measure must be approved by the California Legislature and Governor Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, to become law.

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Scott Jaschik

Scott Jaschik, Editor, is one of the three founders of Inside Higher Ed. With Doug Lederman, he leads the editorial operations of Inside Higher Ed, overseeing news content, opinion pieces, career advice, blogs and other features. Scott is a leading voice on higher education issues, quoted regularly in publications nationwide, and publishing articles on colleges in publications such as The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Salon, and elsewhere. He has been a judge or screener for the National Magazine Awards, the Online Journalism Awards, the Folio Editorial Excellence Awards, and the Education Writers Association Awards. Scott served as a mentor in the community college fellowship program of the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media, of Teachers College, Columbia University. He is a member of the board of the Education Writers Association. From 1999-2003, Scott was editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Scott grew up in Rochester, N.Y., and graduated from Cornell University in 1985. He lives in Washington.

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