Existing law established what has been known as the Board of Governors’ (BOG) waiver, renamed the California College Promise Grant, to waive the $46/per unit per semester fee for students meeting specified requirements. The California College Promise, established by AB-19, maintains the BOG waiver and administers separate appropriated funding through the CCCCO to community colleges to support student success with an emphasis on first-time, full-time students. Colleges can use these funds to waive some or all of the $46 enrollment fees for first-time, full-time students, or invest in campus-based innovations to advance student success.
The chancellor will establish a funding formula for distribution of legislatively appropriated funds to each community college district that takes into account, but is not limited to, the number of full-time equivalent students at each college and the number of those students who are deemed eligible to receive federal Pell Grants.
The Governor's 2018-2019 budget proposes $46 million to support this initiative.
Resources: Legislation (AB19)
This initiative does not require specific courses or fields of study, but there is attention to supporting students to earn career technical education certificates connected to in-demand jobs.
Colleges must partner with K-12 schools to improve college preparation and reduce the need for post-graduation remediation through practices that can include dual enrollment.
Colleges must use multiple measures of student performance for college course placement.
Colleges must participate in California Community College Guided Pathways Grant Program to develop clear academic paths, help students enter and advance on those paths, and ensure student learning.
Colleges must maximize the use of need-based financial aid by complying with federal loan participation requirements (by 2019) and ensuring students complete FAFSA, Cal Grant or Dream Act applications.
Community colleges must develop partnerships with their local school districts to establish an Early Commitment to College Program which provides K-12 students and families with opportunities to learn about college options, visit campuses, complete college prep courses, and apply for college and financial aid.
Connecting this initiative to the Guided Pathways initiative means colleges should be undergoing intra-institutional redesign efforts that will help individuals clearly and quickly access their educational path. Additionally, Guided Pathways focus on student learning should impact classroom level practices.
Financial support is critical to student success. Unlike many other states’ ‘free college’ programs, the California College Promise doesn’t tie eligibility to student age, academic merit, or program of study and is a ‘first dollar’ program which allows additional financial aid to support other expenses.
The success of this initiative will be gauged by increasing:
While the California College Promise program requires partnership with K-12 institutions, there is an equal opportunity to increase the pipeline of students to college success through partnership with California’s Adult Schools (AEBG and WIOA title II initiatives).
Additionally, the CalWorks and CalFresh initiatives also support adults with educational needs who can benefit greatly from the tuition waiver. Adult students, however, may need part-time options in this program to fit the responsibilities of work and family.
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