Amended in Assembly April 14, 2015

Amended in Assembly March 26, 2015

California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

Assembly BillNo. 1307


Introduced by Assemblybegin delete Memberend deletebegin insert Membersend insert McCartybegin insert and Medinaend insert

February 27, 2015


An act to amend Sections 66028.2, 66028.4, and 66028.5 of, and to addbegin delete Sectionend deletebegin insert Sectionsend insert 66028.7begin insert and 66028.8end insert to, the Education Code, relating to public postsecondary education.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

AB 1307, as amended, McCarty. Working Families Student Fee Transparency and Accountability Act.

The Donahoe Higher Education Act sets forth the missions and functions of the segments of the higher education system in the state. The public segments include the University of California, administered by the Regents of the University of California, and the California State University, administered by the Trustees of the California State University. The provisions of the act apply to the University of California only to the extent that the Regents of the University of California, by appropriate resolution, make them applicable. Under existing law, the regents have all the powers necessary or convenient for the administration of the university, including the power to set mandatory systemwide fees.

Existing law establishes the Working Families Student Fee Transparency and Accountability Act, which suggests policies relating to mandatory systemwide student fees charged and student financial aid for resident students at the University of California and the California State University.

This bill would instead make these policy suggestionsbegin delete requirements, subject to a resolution of the regents as to the University of California.end deletebegin insert requirements.end insert The bill would, except as provided, prohibit a fee increase for a California resident student from the fees established for the 2014-15 academic year at the California State University and, as a condition of the receipt of state funding in the annual Budget Act, the University of California.begin insert The bill would require the trustees and regents to comply with the end insertbegin insertWorking Families Student Fee Transparency and Accountability Act as a condition of the receipt of state funding for student financial assistance.end insert The bill would change an inaccurate cross-reference in a provision of the Working Families Student Fee Transparency and Accountability Act.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

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SECTION 1.  

Section 66028.2 of the Education Code is
2amended to read:

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66028.2.  

The following requirements apply to student financial
4aid for resident students, and mandatory systemwide fees charged
5at the University of California and the California State University:

6(a) As any changes in mandatory systemwide fees and financial
7aid resources are considered, the impact on students shall be
8explained to students, including, but not limited to, changes to the
9minimum work or loan burden for all students, if applicable,
10institutional financial aid awards, and the average student loan
11debt for undergraduate students.

12(b) Students shall be consulted before increases on mandatory
13systemwide fees are proposed, so that students can provide input
14and ask questions regarding the need for any increases in
15mandatory systemwide fees.

16(c) Adequate advance notice shall be provided to students
17regarding any future mandatory systemwide fees, thereby allowing
18the students and their families greater time to prepare for the
19mandatory systemwide fees to be assessed.

20(d) In order to ensure that access is not precluded for any eligible
21student, and particularly for financially needy students, all current
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2concerning student financial aid, including the processes associated
3with applying for and obtaining student financial assistance.

4(e) In order for the general public to maintain confidence in the
5state’s public colleges and universities, the state’s public colleges
6and universities shall ensure transparency in the uses of mandatory
7systemwide fee revenue and the rationale for implementing
8mandatory systemwide fee increases.

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SEC. 2.  

Section 66028.4 of the Education Code is amended to
10read:

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66028.4.  

(a) On or before April 2, 2013, the regents and the
12trustees each shall develop a list of factors that shall be taken into
13consideration when developing recommendations to adjust
14mandatory systemwide fees consistent with the policies set forth
15in this article. The factors shall include, at a minimum, the level
16of state support, total cost of attendance, impact on various
17categories of students, including historically underrepresented
18students and low- to middle-income students, as well as efforts to
19mitigate the impacts.

20(b) The factors, and any subsequent amendments to those
21factors, shall be developed in consultation with the appropriate
22statewide student body associations and shall be formally adopted
23by the regents or the trustees in an open and public meeting.

24(c) Nothing in this section shall be construed to exempt any
25increase in mandatory systemwide fees from the requirements of
26Section 66028.3.

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SEC. 3.  

Section 66028.5 of the Education Code is amended to
28read:

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66028.5.  

(a) The regents and the trustees shall maintain their
30commitment to institutional financial aid program funding by
31ensuring that at least 33 percent of the revenues of an increase to
32existing mandatory systemwide fees charged to resident students
33is set aside by the regents or the trustees, as applicable, for
34institutional student aid to assist students and families in meeting
35the total cost of education.

36(b) The regents and trustees shall report their compliance with
37this section in their respective annual reports on institutional
38financial aid pursuant to Section 66021.1.

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SEC. 4.  

Section 66028.7 is added to the Education Code, to
40read:

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66028.7.  

(a) Notwithstanding any other law, the trustees shall
2not charge more than five thousand four hundred seventy-two
3dollars ($5,472) inbegin insert mandatoryend insert systemwide tuition and fees, except
4as authorized in the annual Budget Act, to a California resident
5student of the California State University.

6(b) begin deleteNotwithstanding Section 67400, as a condition of the receipt
7of state funding in the annual Budget Act, the end delete
begin insertThe end insertregents shall
8not charge more than twelve thousand one hundred ninety-two
9dollars ($12,192) inbegin insert mandatoryend insert systemwide tuition and fees, except
10as authorized in the annual Budget Act, to a California resident
11student of the University of California.

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begin insertSection 66028.8 is added to the end insertbegin insertEducation Codeend insertbegin insert, to
13read:end insert

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begin insert66028.8.end insert  

(a) Notwithstanding Section 67400, as a condition
15of the receipt of state funding in the annual Budget Act, the regents
16shall comply with subdivision (b) of Section 66028.7.

17(b) Notwithstanding Section 67400, in order to receive state
18funds for student financial assistance, the regents and trustees
19shall comply with this article.

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