SACRAMENTO— Assemblymember Jose Medina’s (D-Riverside) bill AB 1456, which would reform the state’s Cal Grant financial aid system and increase access for more than 200,000 college students, passed the Assembly Higher Education Committee.
AB 1456 would streamline Cal Grant program, remove access barriers, open up eligibility to more students, and align state and federal financial aid policies.
AB 1456 would bring much-needed reform to the nation’s largest state financial aid program at the most opportune time in the program’s history. The bill has overwhelming support from the higher education segments, students, business groups, advocates, and equity proponents.
“As a former educator, I saw firsthand how students automatically dismissed the idea of attending college because of financial reasons. Higher education should be accessible to any California student who wants to pursue it,” said Assemblymember Jose Medina. “By modernizing our Cal Grant system now, California will support its diverse students and grant them the opportunity to pursue higher education. It is time for Cal Grant to meet the 21st Century needs of students.”
AB 1456 will next be heard in the Assembly Appropriations Committee, while investments towards financial aid will also be considered in the Budget Committees for both the Assembly and Senate.
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