By Melissa Benton |Staff Writer|
New proposed policies for student grants and presidential salaries were discussed in a press teleconference Jan. 31 with the CSU Public Affairs and California State Student Association (CSSA).
Miles Nevin, the executive director of the CSSA, Erik Fallis, Stephanie Thara and Elizabeth Chapin of the CSU Public Affairs directed the teleconference. They discussed the key issues from the January 2012 Board of Trustees meeting and what it all will mean for students.
Fallis spoke first of the presidential salary policy and the newly updated California Postsecondary Education Commission (CPEC) list.
The Board of Trustees recently put into effect a policy that would limit the salaries of campus presidents who will now only receive a maximum 10 percent salary increase from the incumbents previous annual salary.
The newly updated CPEC list offers a comparison of presidential salaries of higher education universities based on enrollment instead of budgets; universities and other higher level education institutions are no comparison to the CSU campuses.
It included schools with presidential salaries of $800,000 to $2 million.
Chapin continued the teleconference by discussing Gov. Jerry Brown’s 2012-13 budget proposal.
“Gov. Brown’s flat budget proposal calls for $750 million less for state funding than in 2010-11. There is also a possible $200 million trigger cut for the budget as well. This will make CSU take cost cutting measures,” said Chapin.
The new proposed budget depends on the passing of the governor’s tax initiative in November.
If the initiative is not passed, the CSU system faces a $200 million cut in state funding which would be the lowest amount of state funding received since 1996.
According to Nevin, the CSSA is leading the way as the official voice of CSU students.
“The CSSA has a partnership with CSU. We are trying to create an adequate CSU budget and promote reinvestment in higher education.
“Three-fourths of annual expenditures directly support students and academic programs such as: instruction and salaries, academic support, student grants and scholarships, technology and student services,” said Nevin.
Starting in July, the Cal Grant will require an “A” GPA to be raised from a 3.0 to a 3.25 and a “B” GPA for high school students and transfer students from a 2.0 to a 2.75 and a 2.4 to a 2.75, respectively.
The Pell Grant changed a couple of its eligibility requirements.
For instance, it reduced the time period for students who are eligible from 18 semesters to 12 semesters.
Additionally, students will not be given a 6-month grace period for interest. Interest will begin accumulating as soon as the student graduates.
Nevin ended the teleconference by answering questions from the student media and offering advice to all students.
“All students should apply for the FAFSA. Even if they feel they wouldn’t qualify, it would still put them in the running for other grants and loans. CSU gives out state university grants to help the CSU students receive more than just federal funding,” said Nevin.