Legislation of Interest to Higher Education Institutions: Financial Aid | Tuition | Residency

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KMTG is continuing our series on reviewing new legislation.  All laws become effective January 1, 2013, unless otherwise stated. 

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To read recent alerts reported on by KMTG that affect k-12 and higher education, please see our Legal Alerts under the Resources tab at www.kmtg.com

California Dream Act - Assembly Bill 131

AB 131 signed into law October 2011, and allows students who meet AB 540 criteria to apply for and receive state-funded financial aid such as institutional grants, community college fee waivers, Cal Grant and Chafee Grant.

Cal Grant Program; Annual Report- Senate Bill 1103

SB 1103 amends Education Code section 69433.2 to require the California Student Aid Commission provide both of the following on its Internet Web site:

(1) The information submitted annually by a Cal Grant participating institution pursuant to 69433.2 (a) shall be made available in a searchable database.

(2) Other information and links useful to students and parents who are in the process of selecting a college or university.  This information may include, but not be limited to, local occupational profiles available through the Employment Development Department’s Labor Market Information Data Library.

Private Student Loans - Senate Bill 1289

SB 1289 adds Education Code section 68900, 69800.5 and 69801.  It requires public, private, or independent postsecondary educational institutions to comply with its enumerated provisions.  California Community Colleges, however, are only requested to comply with the stated provisions of the bill.

Postsecondary Education Benefits; Crime Victims- Assembly Bill 1899

AB 1899 adds Education Code sections 68122, 69504.5 and 76301.  It requires students who are victims of trafficking, domestic violence, and other serious crimes who have been granted a specified status under federal law, to be exempt from paying nonresident tuition at the California State University and the California Community Colleges, and to be eligible for all student financial aid programs and scholarships administered by a public postsecondary educational institution of the State of California, to the same extent as individuals who are admitted to the United States as refugees.  The bill will also require community college districts to waive the fees of those students to the same extent as individuals who are admitted to the United States as refugees under specified federal law.

Education Code Section 76140

Education Code section 76140 allows community colleges to charge a tuition fee to nonresident students.  On July 1, 2013, the fee will increase to three times the fee established for residents.

Questions

If you have any questions concerning the content of this Legal Alert, please contact the following from our office, or the attorney with whom you normally consult.

Arturo E. Ocampo | 916.321.4500

 

Topics:  Dream Act, Grants, Student Loans

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DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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