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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.
Read the full text of the bill
However, even if the bill IS funded, there is no mandate that the college must use these funds to provide fee waivers as a Promise Program 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 of mid-May, 2018, the bill has been funded but individual college’s allocations have not been determined and guidance has not been provided as to how specifically, the funds can be used. Please note: AB540 undocumented students should file a Dream Application instead of a FAFSA.
If you qualify for a fee waiver by 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!
Our best advice for our currently attending students is to be sure to file a 2018-2019 FAFSA application if you have not done so already, in order to determine if you qualify for a fee waiver for the upcoming 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 have established AB540 status, you will automatically be provided a fee waiver under the existing fee waiver program!
If funded and implemented, AB19 would first take effect in the 2018-2019 school year.
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