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AB19 ‘The California College Promise Scholarship’ at Las Positas College
There has been misinformation disseminated about this bill by the media, and there are many misconceptions by the public and our students. Please read for a current accurate update.
AB19 was approved by the governor on October 13, 2017. Read the full text of the bill There is no mandate that a college must use these appropriated funds for the sole purpose of providing a Promise Program to all first time full time students (A Promise Program provides all first time full-time students with a fee waiver for one year.) The actual provisions of the program were not fully described in media coverage. AB19 allows districts to decide what is best for their students, whether that is to cover fees for first time, full-time students or make use of program funding in other ways that meet the goals of the legislation. Each district and each college may implement the California College Promise (AB19) in different ways.
Las Positas College has chosen to utilize the AB19 funds to support students with financial need in other meaningful ways. We have chosen to utilize a large portion of our funds to provide ‘Promise Grants’ to a defined group of students who have demonstrated financial need, but who have limited access to direct financial aid grants. These students are offered a $500/semester scholarship to be used to purchase books or help with any other educationally-related expenses.
Criteria for the PROMISE GRANT SCHOLARSHIP:
- be enrolled in at least 9 units, of which at least 6 units of enrollment are at Las Positas College
- have submitted a FAFSA or DREAM application which is complete
- receive a Promise Grant Fee Waiver
- not be in a ‘Disqualified’ status for financial aid
- demonstrate an Expected Family Contribution greater than ‘3100’ based on the FAFSA/DREAM Application results,
- have at least $500 in remaining unmet financial need
Students do not need to apply for the LPC Promise Grant Scholarship, they are sent a direct email once awarded.
Even though LPC is not offering a ‘Promise Program’ to waive enrollment fees of all first time-full time students, it is important to note that the Promise Grant Fee Waiver Program (formerly called the ‘BOGW’ Fee Waiver Program) is fully available to provide a fee waiver to all financial aid applicants who have sufficient unmet financial need.
Based on the results we will determine if you qualify for a fee waiver for the 2019-2020 school year, along with the Promise Grant Scholarship and other sources of financial aid. If your FAFSA or DREAM application results indicate you have sufficient unmet financial need and you are a California resident or you have established AB540 status, you will automatically be provided a fee waiver under this fee waiver program! Read about the existing fee waiver program
For your information, the application period for the 2020-2021 FAFSA and DREAM Application opened on October 1, 2019. You may still apply for the 2019-2020 academic year as well as the 2020-2021 academic year beginning October 1, 2019. You must reapply each year for financial aid, so it doesn’t hurt to get a head start!
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