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AB-1037 Postsecondary education: student financial aid: Cal Grant B Service Incentive Grant Program.(2017-2018)



SECTION 1.

 Article 5.5 (commencing with Section 69438) is added to Chapter 1.7 of Part 42 of Division 5 of Title 3 of the Education Code, to read:

Article  5.5. Cal Grant B Service Incentive Grant Program
69438.
 The Cal Grant B Service Incentive Grant Program is hereby established, commencing with the 2018–19 academic year, under the administration of the Student Aid Commission. As used in this article, “program” means the Cal Grant B Service Incentive Grant Program established by this section.
69438.3.
 (a) In order to receive a grant under the program, a student shall be a recipient of a Cal Grant B award, and shall perform at least 100 hours per quarter or 150 hours per semester of community or volunteer service, as appropriate. The community or volunteer service shall be performed through organizations meeting the requirements of Section 69438.7. The organizations shall report the hours of service performed by participating students to the commission in a timely manner.
(b) A participating student is eligible to receive a grant under the program for a maximum of eight semesters or 12 quarters. Once a student has met the minimum service requirement, he or she is eligible for an award of up to one thousand five hundred dollars ($1,500) per semester or one thousand dollars ($1,000) per quarter. The amount of a grant made to an individual participating student shall be calculated as follows:
(1) Fifty percent of the unmet need of up to one thousand five hundred dollars ($1,500) of a student enrolled in a semester-based system, or 33.33 percent of the unmet need of up to one thousand dollars ($1,000) of a student enrolled in a quarter-based system, as appropriate, shall be multiplied as follows:
(A) For half-time students, multiplied by five tenths (0.5).
(B) For three-fourths full-time students, multiplied by seventy-five hundredths (0.75).
(C) For full-time students, multiplied by one (1).
(2) If a student is eligible to receive a grant under the program, the minimum amount awarded in a semester or quarter shall be determined as follows:
(A) For half-time students, one hundred fifty dollars ($150).
(B) For three-fourths full-time students, two hundred twenty-five dollars ($225).
(C) For full-time students, three hundred dollars ($300).
(c) A grant awarded under the program shall not offset or replace any other source of grant aid, including, but not necessarily limited to, institutional aid and scholarships.
(d) No more than 2,500 students who are eligible through meeting all of the requirements of Section 69438.5 shall simultaneously participate in the program. When award slots are available, grants under the program shall be awarded to eligible students on a first-come-first-served basis, with priority established in order of the date and time of the student’s submission of a completed California Dream Act application pursuant to subdivision (a) of Section 69438.5.
69438.5.
 A student is eligible to participate in the program if he or she meets all of the following requirements:
(a) He or she has completed, and submitted to the commission, a California Dream Act application.
(b) He or she meets all of the requirements for an exemption from paying nonresident tuition pursuant to Section 68130.5 or pursuant to a similar provision adopted by the Regents of the University of California.
(c) He or she is a recipient of a Cal Grant B award.
(d) The student is determined by the commission to have unmet need.
(e) The student is enrolled at a campus of the University of California, the California State University, or the California Community Colleges, or at an independent institution of higher education, as defined in Section 66010, that is a qualifying institution as defined in Section 69432.7.
(f) He or she agrees to perform the number of hours of community or volunteer service required, pursuant to Section 69438.3, for participation in the program.
69438.7.
 In order for the community or volunteer service performed by a participating student to be applied to the minimum hours required for eligibility for this program, the organization and service shall meet all of the following requirements, as determined by the commission:
(a) The organization shall register with the commission, and report the service hours of the participating students.
(b) The organization shall be one of the following:
(1) A federal, state, or local governmental entity.
(2) A qualifying institution as defined in Section 69432.7.
(3) An organization exempt from federal income tax pursuant to Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
(c) The community or volunteer service performed by the participating student is not advocacy of a political, social, or religious nature.
(d) The community or volunteer service is related to the participating student’s field of study, or is in furtherance of community service or a community need.