California College Promise

  • State: California
  • Coverage: Statewide
  • Status: Proposed
  • Institution Type: 2/4 - year
  • Funding: first dollar
  • Year(s): N/A
  • Funding Source: public
  • Matriculation Age: recent high school graduates only
  • Semester(s) Covered: unknown

School(s): All California community colleges

The legislative package, AB 1721 was introduced by Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside), chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee, Assemblymember Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles) and Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez (D-Pomona) with the goal of establishing the California College Promise.

AB 1721 proposes expanding California’s existing Cal Grant program for community college students, the Board of Governor’s (BOG) Fee Waiver program, and providing funding directly to the state’s community colleges to establish local College Promise programs.

Specifically, the number of competitive Cal Grant A and B awards would be increased from 25,750 to 30,000, while the amount of Cal Grant B Access awards would increase from $1,551 to $3,000. In an effort to reach a broader audience nontraditional and adult learners, the age limit would be increased from 28 to 31 and the application deadline would be extended. Both of these changes would make the California Community College Transfer Entitlement Award accessible to a much larger population of students.

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