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AB19 ‘The California College Promise’ at Las Positas College
There has been misinformation disseminated about this bill by the media, and there are many misconceptions by the public and our students. Please read for a current accurate update.
AB19 was approved by the governor on October 13, 2017. Read the full text of the bill
There is no mandate that a college must use these appropriated funds for the sole purpose of providing a Promise Program to all first time full time students (A Promise Program provides all first time full-time students with a fee waiver for one year.) The actual provisions of the program were not fully described in media coverage. AB 19 allows districts to decide what is best for their students, whether that is to cover fees for first time, full-time students or make use of program funding in other ways that meet the goals of the legislation. Each district and each college may implement the California College Promise (AB19) in different ways.
Las Positas College has chosen to utilize the AB19 funds to support students with financial need in other meaningful ways. We have chosen to utilize a large portion of our funds to provide ‘Promise Bookstore Grants’ to a defined group of students who have demonstrated financial need, but who have limited access to direct financial aid grants. These students are offered a $500/semester bookstore gift card to be used to purchase books at the LPC Bookstore during the add/drop period each term. Recipients are full-time students who filed a FAFSA or DREAM application, receive a Promise Grant Fee Waiver (formerly known as the BOGW Fee Waiver), are currently in PROGRESS status for financial aid, have an Expected Family Contribution greater than ‘3100’ based on their FAFSA results, and who have at least $1000 in remaining unmet financial need. Students do not apply for the LPC Promise Bookstore Grant, they are sent a direct email with the information and offer immediately before the semester begins. Promise Bookstore cards are provided only during the add/drop period each term. There is no expiration date but they must be used only for purchase of books and required course materials only.
Even though LPC is not offering a ‘Promise Program’ to waive enrollment fees of all first time-full time students, it is important to note that the Promise Grant Fee Waiver Program (formerly called the ‘BOGW’ Fee Waiver Program) is fully available to provide a fee waiver to all financial aid applicants who have sufficient unmet financial need.
Our best advice for all of our students is to be sure to file a 2018-2019 FAFSA application (if you have not done so already), in order to determine if you qualify for a fee waiver for the 2018-2019 school year, in addition to other sources of financial aid. AB540 undocumented students should file a Dream Application instead of a FAFSA. If your FAFSA or DREAM application results indicate you have sufficient unmet financial need and you are a California resident or you have established AB540 status, you will automatically be provided a fee waiver under this fee waiver program! Read about the existing fee waiver program
For your information, the application period for the 2019-2020 FAFSA and DREAM Application opened on October 1, 2018. You may still apply for the 2018-2019 academic year as well as the 2019-2020 academic year. You must reapply each year for financial aid, so it doesn’t hurt to get a head start!
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