On the heels of federal action to cancel student debt, California Legislators introduce legislation to reform the nation’s largest state financial aid program

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SACRAMENTO Assemblymembers Jose Medina (D-Riverside), Chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee, and Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento), Chair of Assembly Budget Subcommittee 2 on Education Finance, and Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino), Chair of the Senate Education Committee, introduced legislation to reform the nation’s largest state financial aid program. AB 1456 will modernize the Cal Grant program to match the financial challenges students face.

“Higher education should be accessible to any California student that wants to pursue it,” said Assemblymember Jose Medina. “Our financial aid system needs to be modernized to provide assistance of the realistic financial challenges our students face. The makeup of college students is no longer recent high school graduates; we must develop an equitable aid program that meets the 21st century needs of California’s students.”

“We know that Californian’s financial aid system supports thousands of needy students, but it, unfortunately, does not cover real-life college costs, and students are bearing the brunt of increasing tuition, rising housing prices, and higher costs of living,” said Assemblymember Kevin McCarty. “AB 1456 is crucial for making a college degree debt-free, and simplifying the Cal Grant program for students and families.”

“As the Chair of the Senate Education Committee and principal coauthor of AB 1456, I am committed to expanding access to financial aid for California students.  I am confident that—by modernizing Cal Grant as we seek to do in this legislation—we will continue to improve opportunities and success for students in our state,” said Senator Connie M. Leyva.

AB 1456 awaits referral by the Assembly Rules Committee to its first policy committee for hearing in the Assembly.


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