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AB-863 Postsecondary education: student financial aid verification.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 02/20/2019 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 863


Introduced by Assembly Member Cervantes

February 20, 2019


An act to add Section 69509.7 to the Education Code, relating to postsecondary education.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 863, as introduced, Cervantes. Postsecondary education: student financial aid verification.
Existing law establishes a system of postsecondary education in this state, including the University of California, the California State University, the California Community Colleges, independent institutions of higher education, and private postsecondary educational institutions as the segments of that system. Existing law establishes the Student Aid Commission as the state agency that generally administers student financial aid programs. These programs include, among others, the Cal Grant Program.
This bill would prohibit the Student Aid Commission or an institution of higher education from performing a verification to establish eligibility for state financial aid on a student more than once, unless there is a break in attendance of more than one year by the student or the student transfers institutions, in which circumstance an additional verification would be authorized. This bill would, however, authorize the Student Aid Commission through an institution, or an institution internally, to verify student enrollment and grade point average for the purpose of verifying student eligibility under existing state financial aid eligibility requirements.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 69509.7 is added to the Education Code, to read:

69509.7.
 Notwithstanding any other law, each higher education institution and the California Student Aid Commission shall not perform a verification to establish eligibility for the receipt of state financial aid on an individual student, except subject to the following conditions:
(a) A verification to establish eligibility for state financial aid may be conducted once per student per institution where the student is enrolled.
(b) The Student Aid Commission may work with an institution to verify, or an institution may internally verify, the enrollment and grade point average of a student for the purposes of verifying student eligibility under an existing requirement for a state financial aid program.
(c) Notwithstanding subdivision (a), if there is a break of more than one year in a student’s enrollment at an institution, or if the student transfers institutions, the institution or the Student Aid Commission may each perform a financial verification for purposes of reestablishing state financial aid eligibility.