"Sign Me Up" For Financial Aid

Katy Grimes: A bill seeking to give away more student financial aid passed in the Assembly yesterday in a 60-0 vote.

When Assemblyman Chris Norby stood to speak about it, Assembly members braced in preparation for his usual opposition. However, proving just how good the bill must be, Norby said, “As the parent of a full-tuition paying USC student, who hasn’t had a paycheck in two weeks, sign me up!”

AB 1997, authored by Anthony Portantino, D-Pasadena, requires the California Community College Chancellor’s Office to establish a voluntary pilot program to increase student participation in state and federal financial aid programs. According to Portantino, there is more than $10 million of unused financial aid available to students. This bill seeks to get the aid to the students.

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