Higher Education Legislation

Students are our north star. We push for bold policies that advance college access, student success, and racial equity.

Each year, The Campaign for College Opportunity collaborates with higher education stakeholders and partner organizations to create and support a policy agenda that expands the number of spots in college for California students, simplifies the path to and through college, shines a light on persistent inequities by race and ethnicity, and keeps college affordable.

2022 Legislative Priorities

College Access

The Campaign for College Opportunity worked to expand college access for California students in the 2022 legislative cycle by raising public attention to critical areas, such as enhancing opportunities for individuals on probation and expanding dual enrollment in low-income communities.

AB 102: College and Career Access Pathways Expansion

Author: Assemblymember Chris Holden
Status: Signed Into Law
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 1796: Student Right to Reenroll at CSU and UC

Author: Assemblymember Steve Choi
Status: Signed Into Law
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.

SB 990: Parole Transfer to Support Higher Education Opportunities

Author: Senator Ben Hueso
Status: Signed Into Law
Campaign Position: Support
Allows individuals on probation to more easily relocate to counties where promising educational opportunities exist.

AB 2617: Dual Enrollment Opportunities and Outreach

Author: Assemblymember Chris Holden
Status: Partially incorporated into 2022-23 State Budget
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.

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

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

Student Success

We mobilized a broad coalition of student leaders and partner organizations to win major victories for students by strengthening access to transfer-level English and math courses across community colleges.

AB 1705: Equitable Placement and Assessment Policy Implementation

Author: Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin
Status: Signed Into Law
Campaign Position: Co-Sponsor
Ensures that the California Community Colleges have the guidance and support necessary to appropriately implement equitable placement and assessment practices.

AB 1187: Apportionment Funding for Transfer-Level Courses

Author: Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin
Status: Signed Into Law
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

College Affordability

We pursued an ambitious policy agenda tackling various college affordability issues facing students today, spearheading efforts to equitize state financial aid, expand financial support for undocumented students, and more.

AB 1456: Cal Grant Equity Framework

Author: Assemblymember Jose Medina
Status: Partially incorporated into 2022-23 State Budget
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 150,000 more low-income Californians. We look forward to working with Governor Newsom and legislative leaders to secure the funding necessary in 2024 so that students can access the aid they need to pay for college.

AB 288: Ban on Scholarship Displacement

Author: Assemblymember Lisa Calderon
Status: Signed Into Law
Campaign Position: Support
Prevents colleges and universities from reducing institutional financial aid for students who receive private scholarships.

AB 2004: California DREAM Loan Program

Author: Assemblymember Cristina Garcia
Status: Signed Into Law
Campaign Position: Support
Increases the total lifetime DREAM Loan amount for undocumented students from $20,000 to $40,000 and aligns loan education and financial education practices with federal loan standards.

SB 1141: Public Postsecondary Education: Exemption from Payment of Nonresident Tuition

Author: Senator Monique Limón
Status: Signed Into Law
Campaign Position: Support
Expands AB 540 access for California students by removing restrictions on utilizing more than two years of credit-bearing community college courses to count toward AB 540 eligibility.

Diversity and Equity

The Campaign for College Opportunity continues to support legislation that addresses racial/ethnic and gender equity gaps in California higher education.

SB 1387: Diversity in Gubernatorial Governing Board Appointments

Author: Senator Monique Limón
Status: Vetoed
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.

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