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California Association of Private Postsecondary Schools

California A.B. 1538 - State Financial Aid

03/19/2014

Sponsor: Assemblymember Susan Eggman (D)

Summary: Stipulates that a qualifying institution with a three-year cohort default rate that is equal to or greater than 15.5 percent, as certified by the Student Aid Commission by October 1 of the prior academic year, may be ineligible for initial and renewal Cal Grant awards at the institution.

Provides that an institution that is ineligible for initial and renewal Cal Grant awards at the institution may be eligible if that institution has an undergraduate student body comprised of at least 2/3 low-income students as certified by the commission by October 1 of the prior academic year, has a three-year cohort default rate less than 20 percent, or has a graduation rate greater than 70% for students taking 150% or less of the expected time to complete degree requirements.

http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/asm/ab_1501-1550/ab_1538_bill_20140122_introduced.pdf

Status: Introduced 1/22/2014. Referred to Assembly Committee on Higher Education 1/30/2014. Hearing canceled 3/18/2014.

Outlook: This measure was removed from the March 18 hearing agenda. No timeline for consideration has been announced.

The sponsor is a member of the majority party but has not registered any cosponsors from the chamber. The sponsor has garnered to support of two majority Senate cosponsors, Senators Cathleen Galgiani (D) and Jerry Hill (D). The Democratic Party controls both legislative chambers as well as the Governor's office.

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