Pitzer College Financial Aid Associate Director and Students Speak Out on Proposed Cal Grant Cuts in Sacramento

Claremont, CA (March 16, 2012) — Pitzer College's Senior Associate Director of Financial Aid Yvonne Gutierrez-Sandoval '03 along with Pitzer students Guadalupe Avila '14, Alba Cobian '14 and Cesar Vargas '14, participated in a "Day in the Capitol" event on March 7 in Sacramento, CA. The event was organized by the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU) to educate legislators about the importance of the Cal Grants program to students in independent colleges and universities.

Gutierrez-Sandoval, Avila, Cobian and Vargas spoke with legislators about proposed cuts to Cal Grants, which provide state funds to qualifying students at public and private colleges and universities. They also met with California State Senator and Pitzer alumnus Kevin de León '03.

"With the proposed cuts to the Cal Grant program, many current students attending private institutions would find themselves with a significant shortage of resources for which to pay for college," Gutierrez-Sandoval said. "It is important for students to make their voices heard and put faces behind the numbers."

The AICCU is a statewide association focused on state and federal policy issues affecting California's private, non-profit, Western Association of Schools and Colleges accredited colleges and universities.

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