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AB-1617 Pupil instruction: high school graduation requirements: financial aid applications.(2019-2020)



SECTION 1.

 Section 51225.7 is added to the Education Code, to read:

51225.7.
 (a) For purposes of this section, the following definitions apply:
(1) “Pupil” means a pupil in grade 12 attending a high school maintained by a local educational agency.
(2) “Local educational agency” means a school district, county office of education, or charter school.
(b) Commencing with the 2021–22 school year, and as a condition for granting a pupil a diploma of graduation from high school, the governing body of each local educational agency shall ensure both of the following:
(1) Except as provided in paragraph (2), that each pupil who has not opted out pursuant to subdivision (c) completes and submits to the United States Department of Education a Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
(2) That each pupil who has not opted out pursuant to subdivision (c) and is exempt from paying nonresident tuition pursuant to Section 68130.5, completes and submits to the Student Aid Commission a form established pursuant to Section 69508.5 for purposes of the California Dream Act.
(c) The parent or legal guardian of the pupil, or the pupil if the pupil is a legally emancipated minor or 18 years of age or older, may opt out of the requirements of this section by submitting a written request to the local educational agency.
(d) If the local educational agency determines that a pupil is unable to complete a requirement of this section due to extenuating circumstances, the agency may exempt the pupil from the requirement.
(e) The governing body of the local educational agency shall have complete discretion on how to implement this section.
SEC. 2.
 If the Commission on State Mandates determines that this act contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement to local agencies and school districts for those costs shall be made pursuant to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Government Code.