Higher Education Legislation

Current Legislative Priorities

2022 Legislative Priorities


AB 1705: Equitable Placement and Assessment Policy Implementation

Author: Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin
Status: At the Governor’s Desk
Campaign Position: Co-Sponsor

Will ensure that all 116 California Community Colleges have the guidance and support necessary to appropriately implement equitable placement and assessment practices.


AB 102: College and Career Access Pathways Expansion

Author: Assemblymember Chris Holden
Status: At the Governor’s Desk
Campaign Position: Support

Enables County Offices of Education to develop College and Career Access programs in order to provide college pathways to students who may not have otherwise accessed them.


AB 288: Ban on Scholarship Displacement

Author: Assemblymember Lisa Calderon
Status: At the Governor’s Desk
Campaign Position: Support

Prevents colleges and universities from reducing institutional financial aid for students who receive private scholarships.


AB 595: University of California and California State University student eligibility policy oversight

Author: Assemblymember Jose Medina
Status: Held in Senate Appropriations
Campaign Position: Position

Brings transparency and accountability to the California State University and the University of California (UC) when they consider changes to admission eligibility policies that impact California’s high school students in order to strengthen equitable access to our public universities.


AB 1187: Apportionment Funding for Transfer-Level Courses

Author: Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin
Status: At the Governor’s Desk
Campaign Position: Support

Allows colleges to receive apportionment funding for transfer-level supervised tutoring and supports colleges in implementing innovative practices to support student success.


AB 1746: Cal Grant Equity Framework

Author: Assemblymember Jose Medina
Status: Held in Senate Appropriations
Campaign Position: Co-Sponsor

Simplifies California’s financial aid system by streamlining into the Cal Grant 2 and 4 programs and expands financial aid to thousands of low-income Californians across the state.


AB 1796: Student Right to Reenroll at CSU and UC

Author: Assemblymember Steve Choi
Status: At the Governor’s Desk
Campaign Position: Support

Allows students who were previously enrolled at a CSU and UC and stopped out or withdrew to re-enroll at their university in order to complete their degree.


AB 2617: Dual Enrollment Opportunities and Outreach

Author: Assemblymember Chris Holden
Status: Held in Senate Appropriations
Campaign Position: Support

A $500 million investment for school districts to promote Dual Enrollment programs targeted at low-income communities in order to close racial equity gaps in Dual Enrollment access.


SB 990: Parole Transfer to Support Higher Education Opportunities

Author: Senator Ben Hueso
Status: At the Governor’s Desk
Campaign Position: Support

Allows individuals on probation to more easily relocate to counties where promising educational opportunities exist.


SB 1387: Diversity in Gubernatorial Governing Board Appointments

Author: Senator Monique Limón
Status: At the Governor’s Desk
Campaign Position: Support

Establishes a working group to inform the Governor on best practices for appointing governing board and commission members who reflect the diversity of our state.


Previously Sponsored and Supported

2021 Legislative Priorities


AB 99: Cradle to Career Data System Governance and Support

Author: Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin
Status: Adopted in 2021-22 State Budget Agreement
Campaign Position: Support

Would establish the Cradle-to-Career Data System Governing Board to ensure the data system is serving its intended purpose of guiding data-driven policy that places student success at the forefront. It would also establish an office within the Government Operations Agency and two advisory boards to ensure we are establishing and implementing equitable data-driven policy for our students.


AB 417: Rising Scholars Network

Author: Assemblymember Kevin McCarty
Status: Signed by Governor
Campaign Position: Support

Would establish the Rising Scholar Network across California Community College campuses to provide support services for formerly incarcerated students.


AB 595: University of California and California State University student eligibility policy oversight

Author: Assemblymember Jose Medina
Status: Two-Year Bill
Campaign Position: Position

Would establish clear criteria for how the CSU and UC consider, adopt, and implement new eligibility requirements by requiring collaboration with education entities that would be impacted by policy changes; an independent third-party study on the potential impact the policy change would have on students, especially low-income students and students of color; presentation of proposed policy changes to the Legislature; and development of a committee to oversee a multi-year plan, should a policy change be adopted.


AB 928: Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act of 2021

Author: Assemblymember Marc Berman
Status: Signed by Governor
Campaign Position: Sponsor

Would enhance state-level accountability through the creation of an intersegmental committee, streamlining general education requirements across the California State University (CSU) and University of California (UC) systems, and establishing the Associate Degree for Transfer as the preferred transfer pathway.


AB 469: FAFSA/CADAA for All

Author: Assemblymember Eloise Gómez Reyes
Status: Adopted in 2021-22 State Budget Agreement
Campaign Position: Support


AB 1111: Common Course Numbering

Author: Assemblymember Marc Berman
Status: Signed by  Governor
Campaign Position: Support

Would create a common course numbering system at California Community Colleges, giving comparable courses the same course number across all of community colleges and saving California’s college students unnecessary confusion, time, and money while also streamlining transfer, reducing excess credit accumulation, and making it easier and more accessible for students to pursue their higher education dreams.


AB 1456: Cal Grant Equity Framework

Author: Assemblymember Jose Medina
Status: Vetoed by Governor
Campaign Position: Support

Would enact the Cal Grant Reform Act and provide needed restructuring to a Cal Grant system that currently lacks equity in aid disbursement by: 1. Aligning state and federal financial aid policies to create a more coordinated approach to college affordability to serve students most effectively. 2. Consolidating multiple Cal Grant programs into the two Cal Grant awards, guaranteeing access to an award for all CCC students with a $0 Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and the maintaining tuition/fee awards to all four-year institution students with Pell eligible status. 3. Enhancing access awards for Students with Dependent Children with $0 EFC to address basic needs. 4. Eliminating age limits, time-out-of high school limitations, and GPA thresholds.


SB 309: College for All: A-G Completion Grants

Author: Senator Connie Leyva
Status: Adopted in 2021-22 State Budget Agreement
Campaign Position: Support (Co-Sponsor via College for All Coalition)

Would establish a $200 million grant program to support California high schools in ensuring more students successfully complete high school A-G requirements, increasing four-year college access for thousands of students across the state.


SB 416: Incarcerated Student Bill of Rights

Author: Senator Ben Hueso
Status: Signed by Governor
Campaign Position: Support

Would ensure that incarcerated students have access to a high-quality education, are protected from predatory for-profit institutions, and can pursue the educational and career pathway of their choice


SB 702: Gubernatorial Appointments Diversity Reports

Author: Senator Monique Limón
Status: Vetoed by Governor
Campaign Position: Support

Would establish an annual report, published on the website of the Office of the Governor, on the demographic information of gubernatorial appointees and applicants and would establish a working group to discuss and make recommendations on the most effective way to ensure the state’s boards and commissions reflect the diversity of the state.