(1) Existing law establishes the California Community Colleges, under the administration of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges, the University of California, under the administration of the Regents of the University of California, and the California State University, under the administration of the Trustees of the California State University, as the 3 segments of public postsecondary education in this state. This bill would establish the Higher Education Student Housing Grant Program, to provide one-time grants for the construction of student housing or for the acquisition and renovation of commercial properties into student housing for the purpose of providing affordable, low-cost housing options for students enrolled in public postsecondary education in the state. The bill would require, from any amount appropriated in support of the program, 50% of the available funds for the California Community Colleges, 30% of the available funds for the California State University, and 20% of the available funds for the University of California. This bill would also establish the Higher Education Capacity Expansion Grant Program to provide one-time grants for capacity expansion projects to support increased California resident enrollment. This bill would specify procedures for an application process for grants to be awarded under each program and criteria to be considered by the Department of Finance in making funding determinations under each program. The bill would require the Department of Finance to provide to the Joint Legislative Budget Committee information on all submitted project proposals and a list of projects proposed for inclusion in the annual Budget Act or other legislation, as specified. This bill would authorize the California Community Colleges to submit requests for planning grants for campuses that are exploring or determining the feasibility of offering affordable student rental housing. The bill would specify the procedures of a selection process for these planning grants and the purposes for which these planning grant funds could be used. This bill would appropriate $500,000,000 to support student housing grants under the Higher Education Student Housing Grant Program and for planning grants. (2) Existing law establishes the Cradle-to-Career Data System for the purpose of connecting individuals and organizations to trusted information and resources, as a source for actionable data and research on education, economic, and health outcomes for individuals, families, and communities, and to provide for expanded access to tools and services that support the education-to-employment pipeline, as specified. This bill would require any data managed under the Cradle-to-Career Data System that meets the definition of personal information not to be used or disclosed except for purposes consistent with the act and would require all data to be deidentified before being released to the public. (3) Existing law establishes the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System, which is maintained by the State Department of Education and consists of pupil data regarding demographic, program participation, enrollment, and statewide assessments. Existing law requires the systems developed to be used to accomplish specified goals, including providing local educational agencies with the information and data needed to inform operational tools, as defined, that can be used to improve pupil achievement, as specified. This bill would remove the requirement to provide local educational agencies with information needed to inform operational tools, as defined. (4) Existing federal law, the Military Selective Service Act, requires certain males residing in the United States to present themselves for, and submit to, registration at the time and place, and in the manner, determined by proclamation of the President of the United States and by rules and regulations adopted pursuant to that federal law. Existing law prohibits any person subject to the Military Selective Service Act from receiving any student financial aid pursuant to specified provisions of existing state law if that person has not registered in accordance with that act. This bill would instead waive any accompanying regulations or formal policy to verify Selective Service registration for applicants eligible for a Cal Grant award, as specified. (5) The Ortiz-Pacheco-Poochigian-Vasconcellos Cal Grant Program establishes the Cal Grant A and B Entitlement awards, the California Community College Transfer Entitlement awards, the Competitive Cal Grant A and B awards, the Cal Grant C awards, and the Cal Grant T awards under the administration of the Student Aid Commission, and establishes eligibility requirements for awards under these programs for participating students attending qualifying institutions. The program requires a student to be in compliance with all applicable Selective Service registration requirements in order to be eligible to receive a Cal Grant award. This bill would repeal that requirement. (6) Existing law specifies the amounts of the maximum Cal Grant A and B awards for students attending independent institutions of higher education. Under existing law, for the 2021–22 award year, the amount for a new recipient at an independent institution of higher education is set at $9,220. For the 2022–23 award year and beyond, the maximum tuition award amount is set as either $9,220 or $8,056, conditioned on the achievement of the target numbers for associate degree for transfer commitments that apply in existing law for the prior award year, thereby delaying for one year the applicable targets. Under existing law, renewal recipients at an independent institution of higher education whose initial award is subject to a maximum award amount shall receive a renewal award for tuition or fees, or both, in an amount not to exceed the maximum allowable award amount that was in effect in the year in which the student first received a new award. This bill would set the maximum tuition award amounts for Cal Grant A and B awards for a renewal recipient at an independent institution of higher education at $9,220 if the student first received a new award before the 2021–22 award year. (7) Existing law requires the commission to certify by November 1 of each year a qualifying institution's latest 3-year cohort default rate and graduation rate as most recently reported by the United States Department of Education. This bill would require for the 2022–23 academic year, the commission to use the 3-year cohort default rate certified in 2020 for an otherwise qualifying institution. (8) Existing law establishes the Golden State Teacher Grant Program under the administration of the commission to provide a grant to each student enrolled in an approved teacher credentialing program within an accredited California institution of higher education who commits to working in a high-need field, as defined, at a priority school for 4 years after the student receives a preliminary teaching credential. Existing law makes funds appropriated for the program in the Budget Act of 2020 available for encumbrance or expenditure by the commission until June 30, 2023. This bill would require each student to be enrolled in an approved teacher credential program at either a qualifying institution or an approved teacher preparation program that has a main campus location or administrative entity that resides in the state, including programs operated by local educational agencies. The bill would extend the expenditure period for the funds appropriated for the program in the Budget Acts of 2020 and 2021 until June 30, 2026, thereby making an appropriation. (9) Existing law establishes the Golden State Scholarshare College Savings Trust under the administration of the Scholarshare Investment Board. Existing law establishes the California Kids Investment and Development Savings (KIDS) Program, under the administration of the board, for the purposes of expanding access to higher education through savings. Existing law establishes KIDS Accounts for all unduplicated pupils in the 2021–22 fiscal year, and for unduplicated pupils who are entering first grade commencing with the 2022–23 fiscal year, and who are enrolled at a school district, public charter school, or other local educational agency, if one has not already been established for them under the KIDS Program. This bill would additionally establish a KIDS Account for all unduplicated pupils in the 2021–22 fiscal year, and for unduplicated pupils who are entering first grade commencing with the 2022–23 fiscal year, who are enrolled at a state special school, if one has not already been established for them under the KIDS Program. (10) Under existing law, the Middle Class Scholarship Program, an undergraduate student enrolled at the University of California or the California State University, or enrolled in upper division coursework in a community college baccalaureate program, and meeting certain requirements, including that the student's annual household income does not exceed $150,000 and the student's household asset level does not exceed $150,000, is eligible for a scholarship award, as specified. Existing law requires, for students enrolled in their respective segments to remain eligible to receive financial aid under the Middle Class Scholarship Program, that the University of California and the California State University not supplant their respective institutional need-based grants with funds provided for the program, and maintain their funding amounts at a level that, at a minimum, is equal to the level maintained during the 2013–14 academic year. This bill would revise provisions of the Middle Class Scholarship Program. Among the changes, the bill would require, commencing with the 2022–23 academic year, an eligible student's annual household income to not exceed $201,000 if the student is a dependent student or an independent student with dependents other than a spouse, $133,000 if the student is a married independent student with no dependents other than a spouse, or $116,000 if the student is a single independent student with no dependents. The bill would also require, commencing with the 2022–23 academic year, an eligible student's household asset level to not exceed $201,000 if the student is a dependent student or an independent student with dependents other than a spouse, or $96,000 if the student is a single independent student with no dependents or a married independent student with no dependents other than a spouse. This bill would require the University of California and the California State University to not supplant their respective institutional need-based or merit-based grants with funds provided for the program, and ensure, beginning with the 2022–23 academic year, that the amount of institutional student aid provided in each academic year is adjusted annually to account for increases in systemwide undergraduate enrollment so that the proportion of institutional student aid relative to systemwide undergraduate enrollment is maintained at a level at least equivalent to the level maintained for undergraduate students during the 2021–22 academic year. The bill would also require the University of California and the California State University to ensure that at least 33% of the revenues of an increase to existing mandatory systemwide fees charged to undergraduate students is set aside by the regents or the trustees for institutional student aid to assist resident undergraduate students and families in meeting the total cost of education. (11) This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as a bill providing for appropriations related to the Budget Bill.
Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter 262, Statutes of 2021.
Approved by the Governor.
Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 2:30 p.m.
In Senate. Concurrence in Assembly amendments pending.
Assembly amendments concurred in. (Ayes 38. Noes 0. Page 2574.) Ordered to engrossing and enrolling.
Read third time. Passed. (Ayes 75. Noes 1. Page 2962.) Ordered to the Senate.
From committee with author's amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on BUDGET.
Ordered to third reading.
Withdrawn from committee.
Assembly Rule 96 suspended. (Ayes 53. Noes 17. Page 2809.)
(Corrected May 14).
In Assembly. Read first time. Held at Desk.
Read third time. Passed. (Ayes 29. Noes 8. Page 291.) Ordered to the Assembly.
Read second time. Ordered to third reading.
Ordered to second reading.
Withdrawn from committee. (Ayes 26. Noes 5. Page 201.)
From printer. May be acted upon on or after February 10.
Read first time.
Introduced. To Com. on RLS. for assignment. To print.
|Bill Text Versions||Format|
|01/08/21 - Introduced|
|09/07/21 - Amended Assembly|
|09/13/21 - Enrolled|
|09/23/21 - Chaptered|
|02/17/21- Sen. Floor Analyses|
|09/07/21- ASSEMBLY FLOOR ANALYSIS|
|09/09/21- Sen. Floor Analyses|
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