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Article 5.5. Graduate Assumption Program of Loans for Education   

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(a) The Legislature hereby recognizes the growing need for new faculty members at California's colleges and universities. This need will be fueled largely by two factors: (1) the large number of current faculty approaching retirement age who will need to be replaced; and (2) the expected growth in enrollment demand in California.

(b) The Legislature finds that the rising costs of higher education, coupled with a shift in available financial aid from scholarships and grants to loans, make loan repayment options an important consideration in student's decision to pursue a graduate education.

(c) It is the intent of the Legislature that the Graduate Assumption Program of Loans for Education be designed to encourage persons to complete their graduate educations and serve as faculty at an accredited California college or university.

(d) As used in this article, "commission" means the Student Aid Commission.

(Added by Stats. 1998, Ch. 330, Sec. 32.)