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Addis Introduces Bill to Increase Grant Opportunities for Students with Disabilities

For immediate release:

SACRAMENTO — Assemblymember Dawn Addis (D-Morro Bay) introduced Assembly Bill 1885, the College Access for Students with Disabilities Act, a bill that will allow students with disabilities to receive grant money for college.

"I'm authoring the College Access for Students with Disabilities Act because this bill will level the playing field and support community college students with disabilities to achieve their academic goals," said Addis. "Assembly Bill 1885 will make sure that eligible students with disabilities have equitable opportunities to qualify for the Student Success Completion Grant. Doing so will increase the opportunity for needed financial support for thousands of community college students."

Assembly Bill 1885 expands the minimum unit requirement to include students who are considered "full-time" at 9 units as a result of their accommodation plan from Disabled Students Programs and Services. This will allow at least 5,400 more students to be eligible to earn the grant, making college more affordable and accessible to those with disabilities.

"AB 1885 is a critical step to ensuring equitable access to financial aid to students with disabilities," said Dr. Sonya Christian, Chancellor of the California Community Colleges. "AB 1885 represents what is possible when we align with policies and structures in service of student success. We thank Assemblymember Addis for championing this vital legislation."

AB 1885 now awaits referral to policy committee.

Dawn Addis was elected to the California State Assembly in 2022 to represent the coastal 30th Assembly District, which includes large portions of San Luis Obispo and Monterey Counties and the south-eastern area of Santa Cruz County.

CONTACT: Julie Cravotto, 916-319-2030