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California community college leaders want to remove restrictions that keep hundreds of thousands of students from receiving the Cal Grant by basing the size of the grant on the total cost of college attendance.
The request for the 2019-20 fiscal year, is the opening round in budget negotiations between the college system, the Legislature and the governor’s office, an annual process that ends with a new state budget in June, 2019.
While an estimated 80 percent of students in 2016 were placed in remedial education, “a majority of students will be placed directly into transfer-level courses” under the recommendations from the chancellor’s office.
With state funding secure, plans are underway for the first students to enroll in the fall of 2019. The new college will serve the 2.5 million so-called stranded workers who lack a college degree but need skills to advance