SB 893 – Authorizes The San Mateo Community College District To Use Unrestricted General Funds To Provide Fee Waivers And Additional Assistance To Students In Need Who Do Not Qualify for Other Fee Waivers

CATEGORY: Public Education Matters
CLIENT TYPE: Public Education
DATE: Oct 28, 2022

Under existing law, community colleges are required to charge students an enrollment fee of $46 per unit per semester.

SB 893 authorizes the San Mateo Community College District (District) to adopt a policy using local unrestricted general funds to provide fee waivers to students with the greatest financial need when other fee waivers are provided. The bill requires as part of the policy, a fiscal impact statement that includes a three-year projection of the fiscal impact of the fee waiver.

This bill further authorizes the District’s use of local unrestricted general funds, in addition to funding received under the California College Promise, to assist students with the total cost of attendance. The bill defines the total cost of attendance for a student attending a community college as including the student’s tuition and fees, books and supplies, living expenses, transportation expenses, and any other student expenses used to calculate a student’s financial need for purposes of federal Title IV student aid programs.

This bill allows the District to use local unrestricted general funds only for students who reside within the boundary of the District.

This bill would require the governing board of the San Mateo County Community College District, on or before March 1, 2026, to submit a report to the Chancellor’s Office of the California Community Colleges, the Department of Finance, and the appropriate committees of the Legislature on the implementation of these provisions, as specified.

This bill is effective through July 1, 2028, and repealed by its own provisions on January 1, 2029.

(SB adds and repeals Section 76302 of the Education Code.)

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