Cal Grants are among the most generous state-funded student aid programs in the nation and can cover entire tuition at CSU and UC.
More students applied to CSU and UC colleges once they got timely information from counselors and others.
The Legislature wants to maintain financial aid for UC and CSU students from families earning between $80,000 and $150,000 a year. But that conflicts with Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to phase out the program.