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California Association of Private Postsecondary Schools

California A.B. 1318 - State Financial Aid

08/05/2014

Sponsor: Assemblymember Susan Bonilla (D)

Summary: Current version (6/26/2014): Sets the maximum Cal Grant awards levels for students attending nonpublic postsecondary educational institutions that are accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges at 80 percent of the estimated average General Fund cost of educating a Cal Grant eligible student at the University of California or the California State University.

Requires, as a condition for the funding of Cal Grant maximum awards to its students, that a nonpublic postsecondary educational institution accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges submit performance metrics related to its students in a cumulative report generated by the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities to the Legislature, the Governor, the Department of Finance, and the Legislative Analyst’s Office on or before March 15, 2015, and on or before March 15 of each year thereafter.

Requires the form and content of these metrics to be determined by the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities, in collaboration with the public segments of higher education. Requires that the collection, reporting, and housing of data for this report be conducted both in a manner that ensures data integrity and security and that is in conformance with any federal and state laws on the confidentiality of student information.

Amendment #6 (6/26/2014):   http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/asm/ab_1301-1350/ab_1318_bill_20140626_amended_sen_v93.pdf

Amendment #5 (5/29/2014): http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/asm/ab_1301-1350/ab_1318_bill_20140529_amended_sen_v94.pdf

Amendment #4 (5/24/2013): http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/asm/ab_1301-1350/ab_1318_bill_20130524_amended_asm_v95.pdf

Amendment #3 (4/22/2013): http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/asm/ab_1301-1350/ab_1318_bill_20130422_amended_asm_v96.html

Amendment #2 (4/2/2013): http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/asm/ab_1301-1350/ab_1318_bill_20130402_amended_asm_v97.htm

Amendment #1 (3/21/2013) text: http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/asm/ab_1301-1350/ab_1318_bill_20130321_amended_asm_v98.html

Introduced version: http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/asm/ab_1301-1350/ab_1318_bill_20130222_introduced.html

Status: Introduced 2/22/2013. Referred to Assembly Higher Education Committee; amended 3/21/2013. Re-referred to Assembly Higher Education Committee 4/1/2013. Hearing held 4/9/2013. Reported favorably; referred to Assembly Committee on Appropriations 4/18/2013. Amended 4/22/2013. Hearing held; placed in suspense file 5/1/2013. Reported favorably 5/24/2013. Passed Assembly 5/29/2013. Referred to Senate Education Committee 6/13/2013. Hearing held 6/26/2013. Amended 5/29/2014. Hearing postponed 6/4/2014. Hearing postponed 6/11/2014. Hearing held, reported, re-referred to Committee on Appropriations 6/18/2014. Amended 6/26/2014. Hearing canceled 8/4/2014.

Outlook: The Committee on Appropriations has removed this measure for its August 4 hearing agenda. A timeframe for further consideration has yet to be released.

This measure was withdrawn by the sponsor, amended and re-referred to the Assembly Government Organization Committee. The author's amendment requires the form and content of these metrics to be determined by the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities, in collaboration with the public segments of higher education. The amendment also requires that the collection, reporting, and housing of data for this report be conducted both in a manner that ensures data integrity and security and that is in conformance with any federal and state laws on the confidentiality of student information.

After allowing for public testimony, the Senate Education Committee recommended this measure for passage unanimously.

This measure was withdrawn by the sponsor, amended and re-referred to the Senate Committee on Education. The amendment requires, as a condition for the funding of Cal Grant maximum awards to its students, submit specified performance metrics related to its students in a cumulative report generated by the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities to the Legislature, the Governor, the Department of Finance, and the Legislative Analyst’s Office on or before March 15, 2015, and on or before March 15 of each year thereafter.

This measure was amended on second reading. The adopted amendment changes all instances of the phrase "private non-profit college" to "private college."

This measure passed the Assembly by a vote of 77-0.

The Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities sponsored a "Cal Grant Lobby Day" in favor of this bill. The sponsor has spoken out on record in the past against cuts to the Cal Grant program, especially during the 2012 session when Governor Jerry Brown (D) was threatening to cut $300 million from the Cal Grant program by reducing the maximum grant by $4,000.

The March 21 amendments add language setting the maximum Cal Grant award levels for students attending nonpublic postsecondary educational institutions that are accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The sponsor is a member of the Chair of the Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance. Democrats control both legislative chambers and the Governor's office.

Effective Date: January 1, 2014.

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