Each year, over 300,000 eligible students are turned away from Cal Grant awards.

Ed Trust–West’s latest Equity Alert, Improving Cal Grant Equity, highlights three barriers to equity within the Cal Grant program, and offers recommendations for how policymakers can make immediate changes to benefit students.

The equity alert identifies three main fixes:

1. Fully fund and guarantee access to the Cal Grant program;

2. Adjust the Cal Grant to address non-tuition expenses; and

3. Expand the Cal Grant to support student transitions from high school to college.

Additional resources for improving equity in California’s Cal Grant program

For more on increasing college access and success, check out our Policy Agenda