POLITICS/EDUCATION: New California "Middle Class Scholarship program": "73,000 state university studenets awarded Middle Class Scholarship funds" ....
* Los Angeles Times: "73,000 state university students awarded Middle Class Scholarship funds" - From the LAT:
Despite concerns that California's new Middle Class Scholarship program awards would have to be reduced because of high demand, officials said Monday that there was plenty of money to fully fund all the eligible applicants.
Nearly 73,000 state university students were notified Monday that they would receive the tax-funded tuition credits — about half the number projected several months ago.
The Legislature created the scholarships to aid students from families with annual incomes between $80,000 and $150,000 who probably would not be eligible for traditional state and federal assistance. The awards were established to be relatively low at the outset but could more than triple over the next three years, covering 10% to 40% of UC and Cal State tuition if funding comes through.
Administrators had worried that this year's $107-million appropriation might not fully fund the 156,000 expected eligible students. But fewer in the $100,000-plus income range than had been projected filed the federal FAFSA aid form that automatically puts them in consideration for a middle-class grant. . . . Also, many more applicants than expected were deemed ineligible because they already had received substantial aid from other federal, state and campus sources. . . . . . .
An additional 11,000 awards may be given out to transfer students and others who start in the winter and spring terms, administrators said........................