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AB-1858 Student financial aid: Financial Aid Shopping Sheet.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 05/26/2018 04:00 AM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  May 25, 2018

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 1858


Introduced by Assembly Member Calderon
(Coauthor: Assembly Member Mark Stone)

January 10, 2018


An act to add Sections 66021.3 and 94912.5 to the Education Code, relating to student financial aid.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1858, as amended, Calderon. Student financial aid: Financial Aid Shopping Sheet.
(1) Existing law, the Donahoe Higher Education Act, sets forth the missions and functions of the segments of postsecondary education in this state. As defined in the act, these segments include the University of California, the California State University, the California Community Colleges, and independent institutions of higher education as defined in the act, and private postsecondary educational institutions as defined in the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009. Provisions of the Donahoe Higher Education Act apply to the University of California only to the extent that the Regents of the University of California act by resolution to make them applicable.
This bill would add to the Donahoe Higher Education Act a provision that would require, by January 1, 2020, and permanently thereafter, each campus of the University of California, the California State University, and the California Community Colleges, and each independent institution of higher education to use the Financial Aid Shopping Sheet as developed by the United States Department of Education or a successor document identified by the Student Aid Commission to inform students or potential students about financial aid award packages. The bill would also require these institutions to include the completed Financial Aid Shopping Sheet when they send out acceptance letters to prospective students. The bill would declare that this provision would apply to the University of California irrespective of any action taken by the regents to make it applicable. To the extent that this bill would add to the duties of community college districts, it would constitute a state-mandated local program.
(2) The existing California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009 provides for the regulation of private postsecondary educational institutions by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education in the Department of Consumer Affairs. The act is repealed by its own provisions as of January 1, 2021.
This bill would add to the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009 a provision that would require, by January 1, 2020, and permanently thereafter, each institution subject to its provisions to use the Financial Aid Shopping Sheet as developed by the United States Department of Education or a successor document identified by the Student Aid Commission to inform students or potential students about financial aid award packages. The bill would also require these institutions to include the completed Financial Aid Shopping Sheet when they send out acceptance letters to prospective students.
(3) The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: YES  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 66021.3 is added to the Education Code, to read:

66021.3.
 (a) Notwithstanding Section 67400, by January 1, 2020, and permanently thereafter, each campus of the University of California, the California State University, and the California Community Colleges, and each independent institution of higher education as defined in Section 66010, shall use the Financial Aid Shopping Sheet as developed by the United States Department of Education or a successor document identified by the Student Aid Commission to inform students or potential students about financial aid award packages. In An institution subject to this section shall include the completed Financial Aid Shopping Sheet when it sends out an acceptance letter to a prospective student.
(b) In implementing this section, the institutions of higher education identified in this section shall seek guidance as needed from the United States Department of Education.

SEC. 2.

 Section 94912.5 is added to the Education Code, to read:

94912.5.
 (a) By January 1, 2020, and permanently thereafter, each institution subject to this chapter shall use the Financial Aid Shopping Sheet as developed by the United States Department of Education, Education or a successor document identified by the Student Aid Commission, Commission to inform students or potential students about financial aid award packages. In An institution subject to this chapter shall include the completed Financial Aid Shopping Sheet when it sends out an acceptance letter to a prospective student.
(b) In implementing this section, an institution that is subject to this section chapter shall seek guidance as needed from the United States Department of Education.

SEC. 3.

 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.