Assemblymember Ting Aims to Make College Financial Aid More Accessible to Students

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

(Sacramento) – Applying for college and financial aid can be a daunting task.  Many students who are eligible, simply don’t apply because there are so many hoops to jump through.  California State Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) authored legislation to make the process a little more streamlined.  If passed, Assembly Bill 2160 would require school districts to electronically submit the grade point average (GPA) of all graduating high school seniors to the Student Aid Commission.  “Education is the greatest gift we can give to our children,” said Assemblymember Ting at a press conference announcing the introduction of AB 2160, co-authored by State Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo).  “California is providing more help than ever to help families pay for college, but too many students leave aid on the table.  Students who apply for aid are twice as likely to enroll in college and more likely to graduate.  This simple solution will ensure more students get help getting ahead.”  Assemblymember Ting was joined at the press conference by Senator Hill, Dr. Orville Jackson of Ed Trust-West and Dr. Diana Fuentes-Michel of the California Student Aid Commission.  Watch this Assembly Access Video to learn more about AB 2160.