Amended in Senate April 6, 2016

Senate BillNo. 1314

Introduced by Senator Block

February 19, 2016

An act to amend Section 69434 of the Education Code, relating to student financial aid.


SB 1314, as amended, Block. Cal Grant A Entitlement Program.

Existing law, the Ortiz-Pacheco-Poochigian-Vasconcellos Cal Grant Program, establishes the Cal Grant A Entitlement Program award and eligibility requirements for that award for participating students attending qualifying institutions.

This bill would specify that community college students participating in specified baccalaureate degree programs who also satisfy the eligibility requirements for the Cal Grant A entitlement award shall receive anbegin delete award.end deletebegin insert award for upper division coursework fees.end insert

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 69434 of the Education Code is amended
2to read:



(a) A Cal Grant A award shall be used only for tuition
4or student fees, or both, in a for-credit instructional program with
5a length of not less than two academic years. Each student who
6meets the Cal Grant A qualifications as set forth in this article shall
7be guaranteed an award. The amount of any individual award is
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2institution at which the student is enrolled. For each applicant, the
3award amount shall not exceed the amount of the calculated
4financial need.

5(b) Pursuant to Section 66021.2, any California resident is
6entitled to a Cal Grant A award, and the commission, or a
7qualifying institution pursuant to Article 8 (commencing with
8Section 69450), shall allocate that award, if all of the following
9criteria are met:

10(1) The student has submitted, pursuant to Section 69432.9, a
11complete financial aid application, submitted or postmarked no
12later than March 2 of the academic year of high school graduation
13or its equivalent for the award year immediately following the
14academic year of high school graduation or its equivalent, or no
15later than March 2 of the academic year following high school
16graduation or its equivalent for the second award year following
17the year of high school graduation or its equivalent.

18(2) The student demonstrates financial need pursuant to Section

20(3) The student attains a high school grade point average of at
21least 3.0 on a four-point scale.

22(4) The student’s household has an income and asset level that
23does not exceed the level for Cal Grant A recipients set forth in
24Section 69432.7.

25(5) The student is pursuing an undergraduate academic program
26of not less than two academic years that is offered by a qualifying

28(6) The student is enrolled at least part time.

29(7) The student meets the general Cal Grant eligibility
30requirements set forth in Article 1 (commencing with Section

32(8) The student graduated from high school or its equivalent
33during or after the 2000-01 academic year.

34(c) begin deleteA student, including a community college student
35participating in a baccalaureate degree program pursuant to Article
363 (commencing with Section 78040) of Chapter 1 of Part 48 of
37Division 7, end delete
begin insert(1)end insertbegin insertend insertbegin insertA studentend insert who meets the Cal Grant A Entitlement
38Program criteria specified in this article shall receive a Cal Grant
39A award for tuition or fees, or both, pursuant to Section 66021.2.

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(2) A community college student participating in a baccalaureate
2degree program pursuant to Article 3 (commencing with Section
378040) of Chapter 1 of Part 48 of Division 7 who meets the Cal
4Grant A Entitlement Program criteria specified in this article shall
5receive a Cal Grant A award for upper division coursework fees
6pursuant to Section 66021.2.

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