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AB-1456 Student financial aid: Cal Grant Reform Act.(2021-2022)

Senate:
1st
Cmt
2nd
Cmt
2nd
3rd
2nd
3rd
Pass
Assembly:
Int
1st
Cmt
2nd
3rd
Pass
Pass
Veto
Bill Status
AB-1456
Medina (A) , McCarty (A)
Leyva (S)
Berman (A) , Caballero (S) , Lorena Gonzalez (A) , Limón (S) , Low (A) , Min (S) , Ochoa Bogh (S) , Robert Rivas (A) , Valladares (A)
Student financial aid: Cal Grant Reform Act.
03/22/21
An act to amend Sections 8421, 66010.91, 66010.93, 66018.5, 66025.3, 66025.9, 66093.3, 67003.5, 67380, 67453, 68120, 68121, 69000, 69438.3, 69438.5, 69465, 69506, 69511, 69513.2, 69514, 69519, 69550, 69999.16, 69999.18, 76300, 78221, 78261.5, 88931, 89295, and 92675 of, to amend the heading of Chapter 1.7 (commencing with Section 69430) of Part 42 of Division 5 of Title 3 of, to amend and repeal Section 66021.2 of, to add Chapter 1.5 (commencing with Section 69405) to, and to add and repeal Article 11 (commencing with Section 69475) of Chapter 1.7 of, Part 42 of Division 5 of Title 3 of, the Education Code, to amend Section 4709 of the Labor Code, and to amend Section 5024 of the Vehicle Code, relating to student financial aid.
Assembly
09/14/21
09/03/21

Type of Measure
Inactive Bill - Vetoed
Majority Vote Required
Non-Appropriation
Fiscal Committee
State-Mandated Local Program
Non-Urgency
Non-Tax levy
Last 5 History Actions
Date Action
10/08/21 Vetoed by Governor.
09/20/21 Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3 p.m.
09/09/21 Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling. (Ayes 79. Noes 0.).
09/08/21 In Assembly. Concurrence in Senate amendments pending.
09/08/21 Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Assembly. (Ayes 38. Noes 0.).
Governor's Veto Message
To the Members of the California State Assembly:

I am returning Assembly Bill 1456 without my signature.

This bill would replace the existing Cal Grant financial aid program with new Cal Grant 2 and Cal Grant 4 awards, for students receiving new awards beginning with the 2024-25 academic year.

Expanding access to financial aid has been a priority for my Administration. During my first year as Governor, I worked with the Legislature to provide access awards of up to $6,000 for students with dependent children. In partnership with the Legislature, we recently made historic investments in our financial aid system, including over $235 million in ongoing resources to expand Cal Grant eligibility for community college students, and a combined $632 million in ongoing resources to focus the Middle Class Scholarship Program on reducing students' total cost of attendance. This bill seeks to replace those investments prior to their full implementation.

I agree with the author that making the Cal Grant program simpler to navigate would benefit our students and their families. However, this bill results in significant cost pressures to the state, likely in the hundreds of millions of dollars annually. Future changes to the financial aid system of this magnitude should be considered as a part of the annual budget process.

For these reasons, I am returning this bill.


Sincerely,





Gavin Newsom