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.
In the budget request, California community college system reiterates support for a bill aiming to reduce students' total cost of attendance.
Survey confirms that non-tuition costs in California pose obstacles to students pursuing higher education.
Increasing financial aid for California college students among 21 new proposals
Legislators hope increasing financial aid for summer school will help students graduate faster.
Three hundred students will be selected for the CSU Residency Year Service Scholarship Program next school year.
One recent study found that among foster youth who enrolled in post-secondary education just 49.6 percent completed their first two semesters.
A poll brief released Monday showed that low-income California voters and voters in counties in rural areas have the highest concerns about college affordability.
Just over half of voters said free community college tuition should be a high or very high priority for new state funding, new poll finds.
Enrollment from California students in the Western Undergraduate Exchange tuition reciprocity program has more than tripled over the past decade.
Advocates are pushing for the overhaul so more students receive Cal Grants and so the funds cover non-tuition expenses such as housing.
Some Cal State campuses report a doubling or more in summer enrollment with Pell Grants' revival. But time limits remain.
Over 1 million students already attend California colleges and universities tuition-free. A new law could add more students.
The former Los Angeles mayor proposed young people work in service jobs for a year in exchange for later receiving grants for tuition and books at state colleges and universities. He also pushes for new campuses to serve the Central Valley.