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          Date of Hearing:   August 4, 2010

                                Felipe Fuentes, Chair

                    SB 1075 (Correa) - As Amended:  June 24, 2010 

          Policy Committee:                              Veteran  
          AffairsVote: 9-0 (Consent)
                        Higher Education                      9-0

          Urgency:     No                   State Mandated Local Program:  
          No     Reimbursable:  


          This bill adds an alternative opportunity for postsecondary  
          education students who are granted an academic leave of absence  
          due to being ordered to active state or federal military  
          service. Specifically, this bill:

          1)Requires a student's postsecondary institution, when requested  
            by the student, to reasonably accommodate and assist the  
            student in meeting any missed coursework requirements as a  
            result of the student's military service.

          2)Applies the above, as well as other options afforded to  
            students called to military services, to private postsecondary  
            as well as public postsecondary institutions.

           FISCAL EFFECT  

          Likely minor administrative costs for institutions to assist  
          these particular students. These costs could be offset by  
          savings to the institutions, because under current law, such  
          students may request tuition credits or refunds from the  
          institutions for absences due to military service.


           1)Background  . Pursuant to AB 1666 (Frommer)/Chapter 345 of 2005,  
            for postsecondary students requiring a leave of absence due to  
            military service, postsecondary institutions must, at the  
            students request, either (a) credit 100% of the student's  
            tuition and fee charges, for the academic term that the  


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            student had to leave school, toward a subsequent academic  
            term, or (b) refund 100% of tuition and fees paid by the  
            student for an academic term if the student withdraws before  
            the institution's withdrawal date.

           2)Purpose  . According to the author, it appears the California  
            State University and the community colleges have varying  
            policies concerning academic leaves of absence for students  
            ordered into military service. The author maintains there have  
            been instances in which postsecondary institutions have not  
            extended statutory protections to California National Guard  
            members who are ordered into active duty by the governor. SB  
            1075 adds to the protections discussed above regarding tuition  
            by providing students the option to request reasonable  
            accommodations to enable them to meet any coursework  
            requirements they may have missed due to military service.
           Analysis Prepared by  :    Chuck Nicol / APPR. / (916) 319-2081