Sponsor: Assemblymember Mike Gipson (D)
Summary: Current version (4/8/2015): Requires the California Student Aid Commission to establish an appeal process, as part of the Cal Grant Program, for an otherwise qualifying institution that fails to satisfy the 3-year cohort default rate and graduation rate requirements.
Authorizes the commission to grant an appeal for an academic year only if the commission has determined the institution has a cohort size of 20 individuals or less and the cohort is not representative of the overall institutional performance.
Current version (4/8/2015): http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/15-16/bill/asm/ab_0001-0050/ab_25_bill_20150408_amended_asm_v97.pdf
Previous version (3/23/2015): http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/15-16/bill/asm/ab_0001-0050/ab_25_bill_20150323_amended_asm_v98.pdf
Status: Introduced 12/1/2014. Referred to Assembly Committee on Higher Education 1/16/2015. Hearing held, reported, rereferred to Assembly Committee on Appropriations 3/17/2015. Amended 3/23/2015. Amended 4/8/2015. Hearing held 4/15/2015. Hearing held, reported 5/28/2015.
Outlook: The Committee recommended this measure for passage by a 17-0 vote and reported it to the full chamber for consideration. Per Joint Rule 61(a)(8), the chamber has until June 5 to act on this measure.
This measure was again withdrawn by the sponsor, amended and re-referred to the Assembly Committee on Appropriations. The author’s amendment removes language allowing the commission to determine that the institution has provided sufficient evidence that the institution will meet all Cal Grant participation requirements in the next academic year.
This measure was withdrawn by the sponsor, amended and re-referred to the Assembly Committee on Appropriations. The author’s amendment authorizes the Student Aid Commission to grant the appeal for an academic year only if the commission makes a specified determination.
After allowing for public testimony, the Assembly Committee on Higher Education recommended this measure for passage unanimously.
The sponsor is a member of the majority party but has not garnered the support of any cosponsors. The Democratic Party controls both legislative chambers as well as the Office of Governor.
Effective Date: January 1, 2016
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