CA Student Aid Commission releases list of for-profit colleges that are no longer eligible for Cal Grants

A truck stop near Hesperia, Calif.
A truck stop near Hesperia, Calif.
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Many students who want to study at private post-secondary colleges to get certified as truck drivers, cosmetologists, masseuses or chefs will not be able to get Cal Grants at certain schools.

The California Student Aid Commission released a list Tuesday that shows that 80 percent of for-profit schools that participate in the state's financial aid program no longer meet tougher eligibility standards.

Robert Johnson heads the California Association of Private Postsecondary Schools.

“By eliminating the ability of these students to get grants you’re actually forcing them to either quit school or take out higher debt," he said. "And then the third option, obviously, is to transfer to a school that is not under the prohibitions, but transferring to a school you run the risk of losing credits, so it’s a problem.”

Governor Jerry Brown approved the new Cal Grant standards in June to help address the state’s budget gaps.

California community colleges, the California State University and University of California systems and most nonprofit, private colleges met the state’s new Cal Grant standards, which are based on graduation rates and student loan defaults.