Medina Bill to Reform California’s Financial Aid System Passes Assembly Floor

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SACRAMENTO— Today, Assembly Bill 1456, by 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, passed the Assembly Floor.
 
AB 1456 will modernize the largest state financial aid system in the nation, Cal Grant, and match the financial challenges students face. Specifically, this legislation will remove age limits, time since high school graduation, and GPA—eliminating the need for the competitive Cal Grant program and expanding access to nearly 200,000 eligible students. Morever, AB 1456 will modernize and consolidate the program—accounting for the true cost of attendance and addressing the needs of California’s students.
 
Yesterday, the Assembly Budget Committee approved the Legislature’s version of the 2021-2022 State Budget, including funding for Cal Grant. The Legislature’s budget also streamlines award access and removes eligibility barriers for Cal Grant, in a historic year for the state’s economy.
 
“The Legislature’s proposed budget provides much needed investments at this time. With this and AB 1456, we can fully modernize the system, eliminating barriers such as age and GPA for adult learners and helping our most underserved students, particularly those at community colleges,” said Assemblymember Jose Medina. “I truly believe that this is the year that we as a Legislature can finally fix our financial aid system.”
 
AB 1456 now moves to the California State Senate.

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