Calderon Bill Requiring More Accurate Student Cost of Attendance at CSUs Headed to Governor’s Desk

Monday, September 11, 2017

SACRAMENTO, CA – Assembly Bill 1064, a measure authored by Majority Leader Ian Calderon which requires the California State University (CSU) to complete comprehensive survey every three years to identify cost of attendance (COA) for students, is headed to the Governor’s desk.

“Cost of attendance sets the cap for federal aid available to students,” stated Majority Leader Calderon. “It also signals to families and students how much funding should be budgeted and saved for education. For our most needy students, the adoption of an inaccurate COA can cause a student to be ill prepared to finance their living while attending a university.”

In fall 2013, the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA found almost half of all incoming first-year students said COA was a very important decision-making factor while choosing colleges. Yet, at the state level, there are no laws dictating cost of attendance formulation. Currently, San Francisco State University and CSU, Bakersfield’s have similar COA.

In 2015, the median monthly housing costs for renters in San Francisco was $1558 compared to $983 in Bakersfield. This same pattern of similar cost of attendances being rendered for campuses with radically different costs for comparable housing is also found when comparing CSU Fresno with CSU Long Beach and CSU Chico with CSU Northridge.

“Students and families should be better informed of their expected living costs while attending our public universities,” stated Majority Leader Calderon. “AB 1064 is a step in that direction.”

AB 1064 received bipartisan support in the Assembly and Senate.

Contact: Lerna Shirinian, (562) 692-5858