Financial Aid

Information about AB19 ‘The California College Promise’

There has been misinformation disseminated about this bill. Please read for a current accurate update.

AB19 was approved by the governor on October 13, 2017, but has not been funded. Unless and until it is actually funded by the California Dept of Finance it won’t be implemented.

You may read the full text of the bill here:

If funded and implemented, AB19 would first take effect in the 2018-2019 school year.  It is unclear at this time whether it would first be implemented for Summer 2018 or Fall 2018. 

However, even if the bill IS funded, there is not a mandate that the college must use these funds to provide fee waivers to all first time full time students; the bill allows for each college to determine how to use the funds.  A college may choose to use the funds in other ways that directly support our students while meeting the intent of the legislation. How our college will ultimately decide to utilize the funds, should they be approved, is an administrative decision that will be made 1) once the bill is actually funded and 2) once we are provided additional guidance from our State Chancellor’s Office. As yet there is no guidance and probably won’t be until the bill is actually funded.

Our best advice for our currently attending students is to be sure to file a 2017-2018 FAFSA application ( if you have not done so already, because you may qualify for a fee waiver for the current school year, in addition to other sources of financial aid. If your FAFSA indicates you have sufficient unmet financial need and you are a California resident or you are undocumented with AB540 residency status (, you will automatically be provided a fee waiver under the existing fee waiver program! 

Please note:  AB540 undocumented students should file a Dream Application at instead of a FAFSA.

You may also now file the FAFSA for the 2018-2019 school year or the 2018-2019 Dream Application at any time, so that you may try to qualify for a fee waiver for the summer and fall terms next year and other sources of financial aid. If you qualify through filing the FAFSA, then the AB19 proposed fee waiver won’t be needed since you would already qualify using the fafsa.   If AB19 is implemented at Las Positas as a Promise Grant fee waiver, you will still be required to file a FAFSA or DREAM Application as part of the qualification process, so you might as well get it done early!

Read about the existing fee waiver program at


Financial Aid

Building 1600
Room 1650 (second floor)
Tel: 925.424.1580
Fax: 925.449.6038

General Information

Federal School Code: 030357

We have an after-hours DROPBOX
located in the hallway between the
Admissions and Financial Aid Offices,
for your convenience.

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