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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 Statebegin delete University.end deletebegin insert University, including a policy urging the regents and the trustees to ensure that at least 33% of revenues from an increase in fees charged to resident students is set aside for institutional student aid to assist students and families.end insert

This bill would insteadbegin insert urge the regents and trustees to ensure that at least 33% of revenues from an increase in fees charged to undergraduate students is set aside for institutional student aid to assist resident undergraduate students and families, and wouldend insert makebegin delete certainend deletebegin insert the restend insert of 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.

P3    1(c) Adequate advance notice shall be provided to students
2regarding any future mandatory systemwide fees, thereby allowing
3the students and their families greater time to prepare for the
4mandatory systemwide fees to be assessed.

5(d) In order to ensure that access is not precluded for any eligible
6student, and particularly for financially needy students, all current
7and prospective students shall be provided with timely information
8concerning student financial aid, including the processes associated
9with applying for and obtaining student financial assistance.

10(e) In order for the general public to maintain confidence in the
11state’s public colleges and universities, the state’s public colleges
12and universities shall ensure transparency in the uses of mandatory
13systemwide fee revenue and the rationale for implementing
14mandatory systemwide fee increases.

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SEC. 2.  

Section 66028.4 of the Education Code is amended to
16read:

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66028.4.  

(a) On or before April 2, 2013, the regents and the
18trustees each shall develop a list of factors that shall be taken into
19consideration when developing recommendations to adjust
20mandatory systemwide fees consistent with the policies set forth
21in this article. The factors shall include, at a minimum, the level
22of state support, total cost of attendance, impact on various
23categories of students, including historically underrepresented
24students and low- to middle-income students, as well as efforts to
25mitigate the impacts.

26(b) The factors, and any subsequent amendments to those
27factors, shall be developed in consultation with the appropriate
28statewide student body associations and shall be formally adopted
29by the regents or the trustees in an open and public meeting.

30(c) Nothing in this section shall be construed to exempt any
31increase in mandatory systemwide fees from the requirements of
32Section 66028.3.

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SEC. 3.  

Section 66028.5 of the Education Code is amended to
34read:

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66028.5.  

(a) The regents and the trustees are urged to maintain
36their commitment to institutional financial aid program funding
37by ensuring that at least 33 percent of the revenues of an increase
38to existing mandatory systemwide fees charged tobegin delete residentend delete
39begin insert undergraduateend insert students is set aside by the regents or the trustees,
40as applicable, for institutional student aid to assist resident
P4    1begin insert undergraduateend insert students, including thosebegin insert undergraduateend insert students
2exempt from nonresident tuition pursuant to Sections 68075.5 and
368130.5, and families in meeting the total cost of education.

4(b) The regents and trustees shall report their compliance with
5this section in their respective annual reports on institutional
6financial aid pursuant to Section 66021.1.



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