(a) A scholarship award under this article may be renewed for a total of the equivalent of four years of full-time attendance in an undergraduate program or, for a community college award recipient, the equivalent of two years of full-time upper division coursework attendance in the community college baccalaureate degree program. Commencing with the 2016-17 academic year, the total number of years of eligibility for grants pursuant to this article shall be based on the student's educational level in his or her course of study as designated by the institution of attendance when the recipient initially receives payment for a grant.
(b) For a student enrolled in an institutionally prescribed five-year undergraduate program, a scholarship award under this article may be renewed for a total of up to five academic years of attendance as long as the student meets the requirements of Section 70022.
(c) A recipient of a scholarship award under this article who has completed a baccalaureate degree, and who has been admitted to and is enrolled in a program of professional teacher preparation at an institution approved by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, is eligible for, but not entitled to, renewal of the scholarship award for an additional academic year of full-time attendance as long as the student meets the requirements of Section 70022.
(Amended by Stats. 2016, Ch. 438, Sec. 6.)