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          Date of Hearing:  May 4, 2016


                        ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS


                               Lorena Gonzalez, Chair


          AB  
          2520 (Rodriguez) - As Amended April 14, 2016


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          Urgency:  No  State Mandated Local Program:  NoReimbursable:  No


          SUMMARY:


          This bill requires the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC)  
          to report to the Legislature and the Governor, by the 2017-18  
          academic year, on measures to increase student participation in  
          state and federal financial aid programs, and requires the  
          commission's recommendations to include:


          1)At least one measure to encourage and support high school  
            pupils in completing and submitting the Free Application for  
            Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).










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          2)At least one measure to address the barrier of a student who  
            is unable to access his or her parents' financial information  
            in order to complete and submit the FAFSA.


          FISCAL EFFECT:


          One-time General Fund cost of $50,000 for CSAC to complete the  
          report prior to the 2017-18 academic year.


          COMMENTS:


          Purpose. According to the author, the rising cost of a higher  
          education is burdensome for anyone planning to attend college,  
          but for low-income students it is particularly discouraging. In  
          2014, the Education Trust-West (ETW) did an analysis of the  
          FAFSA and Cal Grant application data from CSAC and found that,  
          while the number of completions increased from the previous  
          year, there is still a large percentage of eligible students  
          that did not apply for financial aid. The Institute for College  
          Access and Success (TICAS) also found only 33% of California  
          community college students apply for financial aid, compared to  
          46% in other states.  


          Analysis Prepared by:Chuck Nicol / APPR. / (916)  
          319-2081

















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