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AB-541 Student financial aid: students exempt from paying nonresident tuition.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 02/13/2019 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 541


Introduced by Assembly Member Gabriel

February 13, 2019


An act to amend Section 69508.5 of the Education Code, relating to student financial aid.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 541, as introduced, Gabriel. Student financial aid: students exempt from paying nonresident tuition.
Existing law exempts a student, other than a nonimmigrant alien, as defined, from paying nonresident tuition at the California State University and the California Community Colleges if the student meets certain requirements. Existing law makes a student who meets these requirements for exemption from nonresident tuition, or who meets equivalent requirements adopted by the Regents of the University of California, eligible to apply for, and participate in, any student financial aid program administered by the state to the full extent permitted by federal law except, under specified circumstances, the Competitive Cal Grant A and B Awards program.
This bill would repeal the limitation on those students’ eligibility for Competitive Cal Grant A and B Awards. The bill would also express the intent of the Legislature that all forms of state-based aid in California be made equally available to these students who are exempt from paying nonresident tuition and to all other students who qualify for state-based aid in this state.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 69508.5 of the Education Code is amended to read:

69508.5.
 (a) Notwithstanding any other law, and except as provided for in subdivision (c), a student who meets the requirements of subdivision (a) of Section 68130.5, or who meets equivalent requirements adopted by the Regents of the University of California, is eligible to apply for, and participate in, any student financial aid program administered by the State of California to the full extent permitted by federal law. The Legislature finds and declares that this section is a state law within the meaning of Section 1621(d) of Title 8 of the United States Code.
(b) Notwithstanding any other law, the Student Aid Commission shall establish procedures and forms that enable students who are exempt from paying nonresident tuition under Section 68130.5, or who meet equivalent requirements adopted by the regents, to apply for, and participate in, all student financial aid programs administered by the State of California to the full extent permitted by federal law.

(c)A student who is exempt from paying nonresident tuition under Section 68130.5 shall not be eligible for Competitive Cal Grant A and B Awards unless funding remains available after all California students not exempt pursuant to Section 68130.5 have received Competitive Cal Grant A and B Awards for which they are eligible.

(d)This section shall become operative on January 1, 2013.

(c) It is the intent of the Legislature that all forms of state-based aid in California be made equally available to students who are exempt, pursuant to Section 68130.5, from paying nonresident tuition and to all other students who qualify for state-based aid in this state.