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Education Code - EDC

TITLE 3. POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION [66000 - 101060]

  ( Title 3 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )

DIVISION 5. GENERAL PROVISIONS [66000 - 70110]

  ( Division 5 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )

PART 42. STUDENT FINANCIAL AID PROGRAM [69400 - 70110]

  ( Part 42 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )

CHAPTER 1.7. Ortiz-Pacheco-Poochigian-Vasconcellos Cal Grant Program [69430 - 69460]

  ( Chapter 1.7 added by Stats. 2000, Ch. 403, Sec. 4. )

ARTICLE 8. Cal Grant Alternative Delivery System Pilot Program [69450 - 69460]
  ( Article 8 added by Stats. 2009, Ch. 644, Sec. 4. )

69450.
  

(a) It is the intent of the Legislature, in enacting this article, to enhance the long-term policy of the Ortiz-Pacheco-Poochigian-Vasconcellos Cal Grant Program and the state’s historic commitment, as stated in Section 66021.2, of providing educational opportunity by ensuring all students with financial need with access to, and choice of, an institution of higher education.

(b) It is further the intent of the Legislature that, pursuant to this article, the commission implement a pilot alternative delivery system within the Cal Grant Program that would provide program functions consistent with access to, and choice of, institutions for students with financial need. The pilot alternative delivery system should take advantage of, and not impair, the efficiencies of the recent Internet-based improvements to the commission’s Grant Delivery System by allowing qualifying institutions to elect to award Cal Grant awards pursuant to Article 2 (commencing with Section 69434), Article 3 (commencing with Section 69435), and Article 4 (commencing with Section 69436) for students admitted to those institutions, and by ensuring that those qualifying institutions function as a one-stop shop for financial aid information by providing assistance to students, parents, and high school and community college counselors seeking information about the Cal Grant Program and other student financial aid.

(c) It is the intent of the Legislature that awards and services to students not be disrupted in the implementation of this article.

(Added by Stats. 2009, Ch. 644, Sec. 4. Effective November 5, 2009.)

69452.
  

(a) The commission shall adopt emergency regulations by July 1, 2010, establishing the pilot alternative Cal Grant delivery system to allow a qualifying institution to elect to administer Cal Grant awards under the Cal Grant A Entitlement Program (Article 2 (commencing with Section 69434)), the Cal Grant B Entitlement Program (Article 3 (commencing with Section 69435)), and the California Community College Transfer Cal Grant Entitlement Program (Article 4 (commencing with Section 69436)). The regulations shall be consistent with this article.

(b) The commission shall convene an advisory task force to assist in understanding the technical and data requirements necessary for implementation of the pilot program. The task force shall be convened within 15 days of the effective date of this section. The task force shall be composed of commission staff and representatives of institutions interested in participating in the pilot program.

(c) To ensure unobstructed student access to Cal Grant awards, the alternative delivery system shall not impair the commission’s ability to keep track of all students as long as they may be eligible for any Cal Grant awards and other student financial aid administered by the commission. The pilot alternative delivery system shall not impair the commission’s ability to communicate with, and make awards to, students if they are eligible for Cal Grant awards.

(d) To ensure accountability for, and integrity of, state funds, the alternative delivery system shall not impair the commission’s ability to do any of the following:

(1) Pay Cal Grant awards.

(2) Disburse funds to qualifying institutions.

(3) Confirm Cal Grants awarded by qualifying institutions.

(4) Require qualifying institutions to conform Cal Grants they have awarded to the requirements of this chapter.

(5) Require qualifying institutions to provide student and Cal Grant award information to the commission at times deemed necessary by the commission.

(e) The commission may adopt any other requirements that are necessary to ensure that the alternative delivery system provides students with financial need with access to, and choice of, an institution of higher education.

(Added by Stats. 2009, Ch. 644, Sec. 4. Effective November 5, 2009.)

69453.
  

The commission shall not implement the pilot alternative delivery system established pursuant to Section 69452 until at least 30, but no more than 35, qualifying institutions have committed to participating in the alternative delivery system and to paying the costs associated with developing and implementing the alternative delivery system. The commission shall not expend any resources on the development and implementation of the pilot alternative delivery system.

(Added by Stats. 2009, Ch. 644, Sec. 4. Effective November 5, 2009.)

69454.
  

(a) (1) A qualifying institution electing to participate in the pilot alternative delivery system shall submit an application to the commission acknowledging that the qualifying institution satisfies the requirements for the pilot alternative delivery system and will maintain compliance with those requirements as long as it continues to award Cal Grant awards.

(2) The commission shall review, and may approve, the application if the commission determines that the institution complies with all applicable requirements.

(3) A qualifying institution may not award Cal Grants until the commission has approved its application.

(4) The Regents of the University of California, the Board of Trustees of the California State University, and the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges shall select qualifying campuses from within their respective segments to apply for participation in the pilot program. For each segment, not more than 25 percent of the total number of campuses within the respective segment may participate in the pilot program.

(b) In addition to complying with the regulations adopted for participation in the pilot program, a qualifying institution electing to participate in the pilot alternative delivery system shall do all of the following:

(1) Make eligibility determinations consistent with the requirements of the Cal Grant Program and requirements adopted by the commission.

(2) Inform the student of his or her Cal Grant award before the student is required to make an enrollment decision for the following academic year. The award shall be made as part of the qualifying institution’s complete financial aid award so that the student is aware of all the student aid that the he or she is eligible to receive.

(3) Provide notice to the student that he or she may be eligible to use the Cal Grant award at another qualifying institution to which he or she is admitted.

(c) A qualifying institution electing to participate in the pilot alternative delivery system shall report all of the following to the commission in a form, and within the time, determined by the commission to maximize student access to Cal Grant awards:

(1) Information necessary to determine Cal Grant funding projections for the State Budget.

(2) Aggregate information on applicants for Cal Grant awards and students who have been awarded Cal Grant awards, by income level, gender, age, and ethnicity.

(3) Aggregate information on students who have been awarded Cal Grant awards, but have withdrawn from their qualifying institutions.

(4) Aggregate information on students who have been awarded Cal Grant awards but for whom awards have not been disbursed.

(5) Information on the total amount of institutional aid available for students at the qualifying institution, the total number of recipients of institutional aid, the total amount of institutional aid provided to recipients of Cal Grant awards at the qualifying institution, and the amount of institutional aid awarded to each student receiving a Cal Grant award.

(6) Information on the amount of other financial aid, including, but not necessarily limited to, fee waivers, federal loans, private loans, and work study awarded to each student receiving a Cal Grant award.

(7) Any other information determined by the commission to be necessary to fulfill its responsibilities under the Cal Grant Program.

(d) (1) A qualifying institution electing to participate in the pilot alternative delivery system shall function as a one-stop shop for student financial aid by providing assistance to all students, parents, and high school counselors inquiring or seeking information about Cal Grant awards and other student financial aid, including information about the availability of, requirements for, and the amount of, Cal Grant awards that may be available at other qualifying institutions in all segments of postsecondary education. The qualifying institution may also provide comparable information on federal and other student financial aid.

(2) A qualifying institution that does not comply with this subdivision is not eligible to participate in the alternative delivery system pilot program.

(Added by Stats. 2009, Ch. 644, Sec. 4. Effective November 5, 2009.)

69456.
  

All costs associated with developing, implementing, maintaining, and improving the pilot alternative delivery system shall be paid by the qualifying institutions that elect to participate in the pilot alternative delivery system.

(Added by Stats. 2009, Ch. 644, Sec. 4. Effective November 5, 2009.)

69458.
  

(a) Participation in the pilot alternative delivery system pursuant to this article is voluntary. Any local agency electing to participate in the pilot alternative delivery system is deemed to have acknowledged and agreed that its participation is voluntary and does not constitute a cost that is reimbursable under Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Government Code.

(b) All costs associated with a qualifying institution’s election to participate in the pilot alternative delivery system shall be paid by the qualifying institution and, if the qualifying institution is a public institution, shall not require any additional state funds.

(Amended by Stats. 2010, Ch. 328, Sec. 51. Effective January 1, 2011.)

69460.
  

(a) On or before January 10, 2012, the Legislative Analyst’s Office shall report to the Legislature and the Governor on the implementation and outcomes of the first award cycle under the pilot program. The report shall assess the extent to which the pilot program resulted in improved Cal Grant delivery to students, parents, and high school and financial aid counselors; administrative efficiencies; and sufficient state oversight. The report shall also identify any challenges or barriers to expansion of the alternative Cal Grant delivery system, as well as any associated information technology challenges that may need to be addressed or changes that may be required.

(b) Consistent with the criteria in subdivision (a), the Student Aid Commission may provide a report to the Legislature and the Governor.

(Amended by Stats. 2010, Ch. 328, Sec. 52. Effective January 1, 2011.)

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