You might have heard that this coming Wednesday Chancellor Reed and the 23 campus presidents are meeting in Long Beach to discuss eliminating $90 million in funding State University Grants (SUGs).  If passed, this attack on financial aid would increase the annual attendance cost for 20,000 graduate students by nearly $6,000.  This is following a Board of Trustees meeting where they voted to increase campus presidents’ pay!

This brazen attack on graduate students has dangerous consequences for CSU.  For decades, SUGs have been a critical tool for making advanced degrees accessible to an increasingly diverse California.  If approved, this enormous cut to CSU’s financial aid program would force thousands of graduate students to drop out, increase time to degree, or take on additional crushing debts…

Or never start graduate school in the first place.

CSU Administrators are trying to sneak this cut past grad students – BUT WE CAN TAKE ACTION NOW TO STOP THE CUTS TO GRADUATE STUDENT FINANCIAL AID.

FIRST: SIGN THE PETITION TO STOP THE CUTS and save State University Grants for Graduate Students at CSU. http://www.change.org/petitions/the-governor-of-ca-protect-the-state-university-grants-sug-for-csu-graduate-students

NEXT, FORWARD THE PETITION to your department email list; your disciplinary email lists; your friends; your family.  Post it to Facebook.  Chancellor Reed and the CSU “leaders” in Long Beach are trying to sneak this cut past us at a closed door meeting this week – the only way we can stop them is by QUICKLY increasing the visibility of this BLATANT attack on CSU graduate students.

THEN, SIGN UP TO COME TO LONG BEACH THIS WEDNESDAY (4/18).  Join fellow grad students from around the CSU to deliver our petition to Chancellor Reed and CSU administrators.  Event information is here:: http://www.facebook.com/events/191160851003573/

We’ll be updating the Facebook page with time and location information as it becomes available.

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