AB 1456 would have expanded financial aid eligibility to 160,000 additional students, mostly community college students. It also would simplify the Cal Grant program.
AB 1456 would make major changes to California's main financial aid program, but it's unclear if Gov. Gavin Newsom will sign the bill.
Help with food and housing costs would enable more students to succeed and thrive in community college.
Reform to state's Cal Grant program would expand eligibility to an estimated 173,000 students while also increasing award amounts.
Lawmakers have introduced legislation to make it easier for low-income students to access Cal Grants by changing eligibility standards.
Without the change, students could have seen their Cal Grants cut by $1,028 a year. Enrollments at many private colleges in California already have declined in the pandemic.
As they and their families struggle to survive the coronavirus lockdown, students need a break from financial aid requirements and penalties.
With the March 2 deadline approaching, teachers, counselors and others can help tip the balance on whether a student makes it to college.
More than 300,000 additional community college students would be eligible for Cal Grants covering non-tuition costs under a new proposal.
Three other states already require aid applications. Proposed legislation to do that in California awaits action.
Survey confirms that non-tuition costs in California pose obstacles to students pursuing higher education.
The budget provides an increase to 41,000 Cal Grants for older students to pay tuition. Advocates say more help is needed and hope for bigger reforms next year.
Gov. Newsom said college students who are parents of dependent children deserve a special helping hand. But legislators say they want to aid a wider group of older students.
California private colleges continue to oppose a revised bill that seeks information on legacy admissions. They contend that a threatened Cal Grant loss will hurt low-income students.
Lande Ajose said parents want to know if their children can get into college, afford it and “get out in a reasonable amount of time so they can start the rest of their lives and not be burdened by debt.”