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Cal Grant Program Awards   

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(a) Cal Grant Program awards shall be based upon the financial need of the applicant. The level of financial need of each applicant shall be determined by the commission pursuant to Article 1.5 (commencing with Section 69503).

(b) For the applicants so qualifying, academic criteria or criteria related to past performances shall be utilized as the criteria in determining eligibility for grants.

(c) All Cal Grant Program award recipients shall be residents of California, as determined by the commission pursuant to Part 41 (commencing with Section 68000), and shall remain eligible only if they are in attendance and making satisfactory progress through the instructional programs, as determined by the commission.

(d) Part-time students shall not be discriminated against in the selection of Cal Grant Program award recipients, and awards to part-time students shall be roughly proportional to the time spent in the instructional program, as determined by the commission. First-time Cal Grant Program award recipients who are part-time students shall be eligible for a full-time renewal award.

(e) Cal Grant Program awards shall be awarded without regard to age or the characteristics listed in Section 66270.

(f) No applicant shall receive more than one type of Cal Grant Program award concurrently. Except as provided in subdivisions (b) and (c) of Section 69535.1, no applicant shall:

(1) Receive one or a combination of Cal Grant Program awards in excess of a total of four years of full-time attendance in an undergraduate program.

(2) Have obtained a baccalaureate degree prior to receiving a Cal Grant Program award, except as provided in Section 69540.

(g) Cal Grant Program awards, except as provided in subdivision (c) of Section 69535.1, may only be used for educational expenses of a program of study leading directly to an undergraduate degree or certificate, or for expenses of undergraduate coursework in a program of study leading directly to a first professional degree, but for which no baccalaureate degree is awarded.

(h) Commencing in 1999, the commission shall, for students who accelerate college attendance, increase the amount of award proportional to the period of additional attendance resulting from attendance in classes that fulfill requirements or electives for graduation during summer terms, sessions, or quarters. In the aggregate, the total amount a student may receive in a four-year period may not be increased as a result of accelerating his or her progress to a degree by attending summer terms, sessions, or quarters.

(i) The commission shall notify Cal Grant award recipients of the availability of funding for the summer term, session, or quarter through prominent notice in financial aid award letters, materials, guides, electronic information, and other means that may include, but not be limited to, surveys, newspaper articles, or attachments to communications from the commission and any other published documents.

(j) The commission may provide by appropriate rules and regulations for reports, accounting, and statements from the award winner and college or university of attendance pertaining to the use or application of the award as the commission may deem proper.

(k) The commission may establish Cal Grant Program awards in one hundred dollar ($100) increments.

() A Cal Grant Program award may be utilized only at the following institutions or programs:

(1) Any California private or independent postsecondary educational institution or program that participates in two of the three federal campus-based student aid programs and whose students participate in the Pell Grant program.

(2) Any nonprofit regionally accredited institution headquartered and operating in California that certifies to the commission that 10 percent of the institution's operating budget, as demonstrated in an audited financial statement, is expended for the purposes of institutionally funded student financial aid in the form of grants and that demonstrates to the commission that it has the administrative capacity to administer the funds.

(3) Any California public postsecondary educational institution or program.

(Amended by Stats. 2007, Ch. 569, Sec. 49.)

Reference:

Education Code 66270

Education Code 68000

Education Code 69503

Education Code 69535.1

Education Code 69540