Simpson University Students Visit State Capitol to Talk about Cal Grants

For Immediate Release


Day in the CapitolREDDING, Calif. - Simpson University students recently spoke to state officials about the importance of Cal Grant funding during the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU)’s annual Day in the Capitol.

Students Emphia Acosta, Crystal Campos, and Bigane Perez visited the offices of state Sens. Ted Gaines, James Gallagher, Mike McGuire, and Richard Roth; and state Reps. Brian Dahle, Kevin Kiley, Marc Levine, and Jose Medina during the Feb. 28 event.

The students were joined by Dr. Cherry McCabe, chair of the Department of History and Political Science; and Roger Janis, director of development.

This was the fifth year that Simpson University students, faculty, and staff have traveled to the Capitol to talk about Cal Grant funding. They were among more than 100 AICCU Cal Grant students, administrators and educators from 79 private colleges and universities in California who visited legislative offices throughout the day.

The day focused on protecting educational opportunities for students and preventing cuts to Cal Grant awards, which provide funds to more than 27,000 middle- and low-income students. Nearly half of Simpson University’s traditional undergraduate California students receive Cal Grants.

The Cal Grant award is proposed to be cut by more than $1,000 for students starting college in the 2017-18 academic year.

Cal Grant students in WASC-accredited, private nonprofit institutions have higher graduation rates than students at public institutions and are more likely to complete their degree in four years.

The AICCU states: “The ongoing threat of an over $1,000 Cal Grant cut would harm thousands of students by limiting their ability to attend an institution that best fits their academic and career goals, impacting their ability to graduate in four years, adding to their debt load, or possibly causing them to not attend college at all.”

“California legislators are not always aware of the critical importance of Cal Grant to low-income students who choose an independent college or university,” Dr. McCabe said. “This event gives us a chance to share student stories and highlight the benefits offered by private, non-profit institutions of higher education.”


Photo by Cherry McCabe / From left, Simpson University Director of Development Roger Janis joins students (from left) Emphia Acosta, Crystal Campos, and Bigane Perez during a Feb. 28 visit to the state Capitol to talk to legislators about the importance of Cal Grant awards.


Simpson University, established in 1921, is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate, and teaching credential programs. The university celebrated its 25th year in Redding and the completion of a Science and Nursing Center in 2014. Academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults with both on-campus and online course offerings, including degrees in psychology and organizational leadership. For information about the university, or to arrange a campus visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit


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