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California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

Assembly BillNo. 1307


Introduced by Assembly Members McCarty and Medina

February 27, 2015


An act to amend Sections 66028.2, 66028.4, and 66028.5 of 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 makebegin insert certain ofend insert these policy suggestions requirements, subject to adoption of a resolution by the regents as to the University of California. 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
22and prospective students shall be provided with timely information
P3    1concerning student financial aid, including the processes associated
2with applying for and obtaining student financial assistance.

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

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SEC. 2.  

Section 66028.4 of the Education Code is amended to
9read:

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66028.4.  

(a) On or before April 2, 2013, the regents and the
11trustees each shall develop a list of factors that shall be taken into
12consideration when developing recommendations to adjust
13mandatory systemwide fees consistent with the policies set forth
14in this article. The factors shall include, at a minimum, the level
15of state support, total cost of attendance, impact on various
16categories of students, including historically underrepresented
17students and low- to middle-income students, as well as efforts to
18mitigate the impacts.

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

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

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SEC. 3.  

Section 66028.5 of the Education Code is amended to
27read:

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66028.5.  

(a) The regents and the trusteesbegin delete shallend deletebegin insert are urged toend insert
29 maintain their commitment to institutional financial aid program
30funding by ensuring that at least 33 percent of the revenues of an
31increase to existing mandatory systemwide fees charged to resident
32students is set aside by the regents or the trustees, as applicable,
33for institutional student aid to assist resident students, including
34those students exempt from nonresident tuition pursuant to Sections
3568075.5 and 68130.5, and families in meeting the total cost of
36education.

P4    1(b) The regents and trustees shall report their compliance with
2this section in their respective annual reports on institutional
3financial aid pursuant to Section 66021.1.



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