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Article 2.5 Auxiliary Organization; Student Financial Aid; Student Aid Commission   

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(a) (1) The commission may establish an auxiliary organization for the purpose of providing operational and administrative services for the participation by the commission in the Federal Family Education Loan Program, or for other activities approved by the commission and determined by the commission to be all of the following:

(A) Related to student financial aid.

(B) Consistent with the general mission of the commission.

(C) Consistent with the purposes of the federal Higher Education Act of 1965 (Public Law 89-329) and amendments to that act.

(2) The activities approved by the commission under this subdivision shall not include either of the following:

(A) The issuance of bonds.

(B) Loan origination or loan capitalization activities. This paragraph shall not preclude the commission or the auxiliary organization from undertaking either of the following:

(i) Other permitted activities that are related to student financial aid in partnership with institutions that conduct loan origination or loan capitalization activities.

(ii) Loan origination or capitalization activities authorized pursuant to an agreement with the United States Secretary of Education for the lender-of-last-resort program.

(b) The auxiliary organization shall be established and maintained as a nonprofit public benefit corporation subject to the Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation Law in Part 2 (commencing with Section 5110) of Division 2 of Title 1 of the Corporations Code, except that, if there is a conflict between this article and the Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation Law, this article shall prevail.

(c) (1) The commission shall maintain its responsibility for financial aid program administration, policy leadership program evaluation, and information development and coordination. The auxiliary organization shall provide operational and support services essential to the administration of the Federal Family Education Loan Program and other permitted activities that are related to student financial aid, if those services are determined by the commission to be consistent with the overall mission of the commission.

(2) On or after the operative date of Article 2.4 (commencing with Section 69521), the commission shall not authorize the auxiliary organization to perform any new or additional services except those deemed by the Director of Finance to be necessary or convenient either for the operation of the state student loan guarantee program, as defined in Section 69521.2, or to accomplish the goal of maximizing the value of the state student loan guarantee program assets and liabilities pursuant to Article 2.4 (commencing with Section 69521).

(3) The implementation and effectuation of the auxiliary organization shall be carried out so as to enhance the administration and delivery of commission programs and services. The commission shall conduct regular performance evaluations of the operation of auxiliary organizations in furtherance of its fiscal and fiduciary responsibilities for approved programs.

(d) (1) (A) The operations of the auxiliary organization shall be conducted in conformity with an operating agreement approved annually by the commission. On and after January 1, 2002, the commission may approve an operating agreement for a period not to exceed five years. Prior to approval, the commission shall provide a copy of the proposed operating agreement to the Department of Finance and the Joint Legislative Budget Committee for their review and comment. The operations of the auxiliary organization shall be limited to services prescribed in that agreement.

(B) On or after the operative date of Article 2.4 (commencing with Section 69521), the commission shall not approve any operating agreement that permits the auxiliary organization to perform any new or additional services, except those deemed by the Director of Finance to be necessary or convenient either for the operation of the state student loan guarantee program, as defined in Section 69521.2, or to accomplish the goal of maximizing the value of the state student loan guarantee program assets and liabilities pursuant to Article 2.4 (commencing with Section 69521).

(2) Prior to approval of any amendment to an existing operating agreement or any new operating agreement with an auxiliary organization or subsidiary auxiliary organization for the purpose of delineating new services or activities authorized pursuant to subdivision (a), the commission shall provide the Director of Finance and the Joint Legislative Budget Committee with at least 45 days advance notice in writing that includes a description of the proposed operating agreement. If the Director of Finance or the Joint Legislative Budget Committee notifies the commission regarding issues of concern with the proposed operating agreement, the commission shall convene a meeting of appropriate representatives from the commission, the Department of Finance, and the Legislature to resolve those issues.

(e) The commission shall oversee the development and operations of the auxiliary organization in a manner that ensures broad public input and consultation with representatives of the financial aid community, colleges and universities, and state agencies.

(Amended by Stats. 2008, Ch. 757, Sec. 29.)

Reference:

Education Code 69521

Education Code 69521.2