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Assembly passes bill on new rules for student financial aid

Posted: August 31, 2012 10:33 a.m.
Updated: August 31, 2012 10:33 a.m.
 

Signaling a major change in how community college officials will serve students, the state Assembly approved the passage of the Student Success Act, officials said Thursday.

The bill provides for guidelines to be created for students seeking financial aid at community colleges and prescribes which services will be required by counseling centers at community colleges.

“The significant piece of this bill is that for the first time it’s going to put a minimum requirement on students seeking the Board of Governors Fee Waiver,” according to Erik Skinner, executive vice chancellor of programs for the state’s community college system.

The Board of Governors is expected to begin working on implementing the new plan in January, after the bill has been signed into law.

“If they’re not performing at this level, their chances of success are near zero anyway, and so we’re sending a message to community college students,” Skinner said.

There are a few working assumptions, Skinner said.

Among the new financial aid requirements students are likely to face, there could be a minimum 2.0 GPA and the completion of at least 50 percent of a student’s attempted course load, according to Skinner.

These are just likely recommendations based on a Student Success Task Force.

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