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AB-2248 Student financial aid: Cal Grant program.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 04/26/2018 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  April 26, 2018
Amended  IN  Assembly  April 16, 2018
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 23, 2018

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 2248


Introduced by Assembly Members McCarty and Arambula

February 13, 2018


An act to add Section 69432.95 to the Education Code, relating to student financial aid.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2248, as amended, McCarty. Student financial aid: Cal Grant program.
Existing law, the Ortiz-Pacheco-Poochigian-Vasconcellos Cal Grant Program (Cal Grant Program), establishes the Cal Grant A and B Entitlement Awards, the California Community College Transfer Entitlement Awards, the Competitive Cal Grant A and B Awards, the Cal Grant C Awards, and the Cal Grant T Awards under the administration of the Student Aid Commission, and establishes eligibility requirements and maximum levels for awards under these programs for participating students attending qualifying institutions, as defined. Existing law, for the purposes of the Cal Grant Program, defines “full time” to mean 12 or more semester units or the equivalent and defines “part time” to mean 6 to 11 semester units or the equivalent.
This bill would require the commission, upon the initial awarding and the renewal of a Cal Grant award, to notify in writing a Cal Grant award recipient that, if in writing that, in order to graduate in 4 years, he or she takes less than must take 15 semester units or the equivalent per semester or the equivalent quarter units, or less than 30 semester units per academic year or the equivalent per academic year, he or she will not graduate in 4 years, except as specified. quarter units, and that a Cal Grant award is limited to 4 years. The bill also would require a qualifying institution, as defined, to notify in writing a student during notify in writing, a new student orientation and during orientation, and a student receiving financial aid, upon annual registration that, if he or she takes less than 15 semester units or the equivalent per semester or the equivalent, or less than 30 semester units or the equivalent per academic year, he or she will not graduate in 4 years, except as specified. registration, of the above specified provisions.
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. provisions.
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 69432.95 is added to the Education Code, immediately preceding Section 69433, to read:

69432.95.
 (a) For purposes of this section, “qualifying institution” has the same meaning as in Section 69432.7.
(b) Upon the initial award and renewal of a Cal Grant award, the commission shall notify in writing the award recipient in writing of all both of the following:
(1) A Cal Grant award is limited to four years, except as provided in subdivision (c) of Section 69433.6.
(2) A student needs to take 15 units per semester or the equivalent per semester or the equivalent quarter units, or 30 units semester units or the equivalent quarter units per academic year year, in order to graduate within four years.
(c) During the orientation of a new student, a qualifying institution shall notify in writing a the student all in writing of the information described in paragraphs (1) and (2) of subdivision (b).
(d) Upon annual registration by a student, student receiving financial aid, the financial aid office of a qualifying institution shall notify that student in writing a student all of the information described in paragraphs (1) and (2) of subdivision (b).

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.