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Middle Class Scholarship Program   

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(a) (1) Subject to an available and sufficient appropriation, an undergraduate student enrolled in the California State University or the University of California, or a community college student enrolled in upper division coursework of a community college baccalaureate program, described in Article 3 (commencing with Section 78040) of Chapter 1 of Part 48 of Division 7, who meets the requirements of paragraph (2) is eligible for a scholarship award as described in that paragraph.

(2) Each academic year, except as provided in paragraphs (3) and (4), an eligible student shall receive a scholarship award in an amount that, combined with other federal, state, or institutionally administered student grants or fee waivers received by an eligible student, is up to 40 percent of the amount charged to that student in that academic year for mandatory systemwide tuition and fees, or for an eligible community college student, up to 40 percent of the amount charged to that student in upper division fees for a community college baccalaureate degree program, if all of the following requirements are met, to the satisfaction of the commission, each academic year:

(A) The student's annual household income does not exceed one hundred fifty thousand dollars ($150,000). For awards distributed for the 2016-17 academic year and subsequent academic years, the commission shall annually adjust the maximum income level set under this subparagraph in accordance with the percentage changes in the cost of living within the meaning of paragraph (1) of subdivision (e) of Section 8 of Article XIII? B of the California Constitution. For purposes of this article, annual household income shall be calculated in a manner that is consistent with the requirements applicable to the Ortiz-Pacheco-Poochigian-Vasconcellos Cal Grant Program (Chapter 1.7 (commencing with Section 69430)) and Section 69506.

(B) Beginning with awards distributed in the 2015-16 academic year, the student's household asset level shall not exceed one hundred fifty thousand dollars ($150,000). For awards distributed in the 2016-17 academic year and subsequent academic years, the commission shall annually adjust the maximum household asset level set under this subparagraph in accordance with the percentage changes in the cost of living within the meaning of paragraph (1) of subdivision (e) of Section 8 of Article XIII?B of the California Constitution. For purposes of this article, student's household asset level shall be calculated in a manner that is consistent with the requirements applicable to the Ortiz-Pacheco-Poochigian-Vasconcellos Cal Grant Program (Chapter 1.7 (commencing with Section 69430)) and Section 69506.

(C) The student satisfies the eligibility requirements for a Cal Grant award pursuant to Section 69433.9, except that a student who is exempt from nonresident tuition under Section 68130.5 shall not be required to satisfy the requirements of subdivision (a) of Section 69433.9.

(D) The student is exempt from paying nonresident tuition.

(E) The student completes and submits a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application. The FAFSA must be submitted or postmarked by no later than March 2. If the student is not able to complete a FAFSA application, the student may satisfy this subparagraph by submitting an application determined by the commission to be equivalent to the FAFSA application for purposes of this article by March 2.

(F) The student makes a timely application or applications for all other federal, state, or institutionally administered grants or fee waivers for which the student is eligible.

(G) The student maintains satisfactory academic progress in a manner that is consistent with the requirements applicable to the Ortiz-Pacheco-Poochigian-Vasconcellos Cal Grant Program pursuant to subdivision (m) of Section 69432.7.

(H) The student is pursuing his or her first undergraduate baccalaureate degree or has completed a baccalaureate degree and has been admitted to, and is enrolled in, a program of professional teacher preparation at an institution approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

(I) The student is enrolled at least part time.

(3) (A) The percentages specified in paragraph (2) shall be reduced by 0.6-percent increments per one thousand dollars ($1,000) of annual household income in excess of one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000), to a minimum 10 percent, provided that no scholarship award shall be provided to a student with an annual household income exceeding one hundred fifty thousand dollars ($150,000). Beginning with award calculations for the 2016-17 academic year, and for subsequent academic years, the commission shall annually adjust the income levels specified in this subparagraph by the percentage change in the cost of living within the meaning of paragraph (1) of subdivision (e) of Section 8 of Article XIII? B of the California Constitution and shall adjust the incremental reduction accordingly to ensure that a minimum of 10 percent of mandatory systemwide tuition and fees for an academic year are awarded. This reduction shall be in addition to any reduction required by Section 70023.

(B) Notwithstanding subparagraph (A), for any student who qualifies for a scholarship award of at least one dollar ($1), the minimum annual scholarship amount for full-time enrollment is ninety dollars ($90).

(4) For the 2014-15, 2015-16, and 2016-17 academic years, the maximum amount of a student's scholarship award shall be 35 percent, 50 percent, and 75 percent, respectively, of the total scholarship award amount that the student would otherwise be eligible to receive.

(b) In order for students enrolled in their respective segments to remain eligible to receive a scholarship award under this article, the University of California and the California State University shall not supplant their respective institutional need-based grants with the funds provided for scholarships under this article, and shall maintain their funding amounts at a level that, at a minimum, is equal to the level maintained for undergraduate students during the 2013-14 academic year.

(c) The University of California and the California State University shall report on the implementation of this article as part of the report made pursuant to Section 66021.1.

(d) A Middle Class Scholarship Program award authorized pursuant to this article shall be defined as a full-time equivalent grant. An award to a part-time student shall be a fraction of a full-time grant, as determined by the proportionate amount charged for systemwide tuition and fees. A part-time student shall not be discriminated against in the selection of Middle Class Scholarship Program awards. For purposes of this section, "full-time student" and "part-time student" have the same meaning as specified in subdivision (f) of Section 69432.7.

(Amended by Stats. 2016, Ch. 438, Sec. 5.)