State Sen. Anthony J. Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) recently joined Senate Pro Tem Kevin de León in presenting SB 539 on the Senate floor. The full Senate approved the bill, which will next be considered by the State Assembly.
SB 539 will provide additional support to high-striving community college students by establishing the Community College Completion Incentive Grant, which will provide an additional $4,000 in financial aid to community college students receiving the existing Full-Time Student Success Grant if they complete 15 units.
“In order to make college affordable, not only tuition, non-tuition costs such as textbooks, transportation, food and housing have to be addressed,” Portantino said. “Not being able to afford the total cost of attendance can be a major obstacle and hinder students’ ability to succeed in class and meet their academic goals. This piece of legislation is a fresh approach to ensuring college affordability and student success.”