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NCCPC-Sponsored Bill AB 288 California Ban on Scholarship Displacement Act of 2021 Signed into Law

THANK YOU to Joint Authors Asm. Lisa Calderon and Asm. Mia Bonta for your leadership!

As of September 30: AB 288 is Chaptered by Secretary of State – Chapter 925, Statutes of 2022.

California is the 5th state to join the MOVEMENT to ban the practice of scholarship displacement in the country.

Join us in Celebrating the Bill’s Passage!

From left to right and top down: Vice Chair Janae Aptaker, Executive Director Mer Curry Nuñez, and Chair David Silver

From left to right and top down: Executive Director Mer Curry Nuñez, SoCal CAN Executive Director Alison De Lucca, SoCal CAN Policy & Development Associate Jason Vazquez, and Scholarship America Director of Policy Kalwis Lo

NCCPC Policy Committee members at the October 10 Meeting

What is Scholarship Displacement?

This bill is currently sponsored by the Northern California College Promise Coalition (NCCPC), co-sponsored by the Southern California College Access Network (SoCal CAN) and Scholarship America, and supported by 107 organizations and 204 individuals including:
  • Northern California College Promise Coalition (Sponsor)
  • Southern California College Access Network (SoCalCAN) (Co-Sponsor)
  • Scholarship America (Co-Sponsor)
  • Office of Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis
  • Mayor Libby Schaaf, Oakland
  • Mayor Sam Liccardo, City of San Jose
  • Mayor London Breed, City and County of San Francisco
  • Mayor Martha Guerrero, City of West Sacramento
  • Treasurer, City and County of San Francisco Jose Cisneros
  • 10,000 Degrees
  • 100% College Prep Institute
  • ACLU California Action
  • Adelante Youth Alliance
  • Alameda Chamber of Commerce
  • Alliance College-Ready Public Schools
  • Alliance for a Better Community
  • American Association of University Women (AAUW) San Jose
  • Ascending Lights Leadership Network
  • Bay Area College Success Network
  • Beyond 12
  • BLU Educational Foundation
  • Bold Through Partners, LLC
  • Bresee Foundation
  • Bright Prospect
  • Bright Star Schools
  • C5LA
  • California State Student Association (CSSA)
  • California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office
  • California Community Foundation
  • California Edge Coalition
  • California Faculty Associations
  • California Federation of Teachers AFL-CIO
  • California State Student Association
  • California State University Dominguez Hills Toro Learning and Testing Center
  • Center for Equitable Higher Education
  • Children Youth and Family Collaborative
  • Cities & People Advisors
  • City of Rancho Cordova
  • Coachella Valley Economic Partnership
  • College Access Plan
  • College Access, Readiness and Success
  • College for All Coalition
  • College Match
  • College Track Los Angeles
  • College Track, NorCalRegion
  • Communities in Schools Los
  • Community Coalition
  • Determined to Succeed
  • El Monte Promise Foundation
  • Elevate Your G.A.M.E.
  • Empowering Pacific Islander Communities
  • End Poverty in California (EPIC)
  • Families In Schools
  • Fulfillment Fund
  • Growing Inland Achievement
  • Hayward Promise Neighborhood
  • Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA)
  • Immigrants Rising
  • Improve Your Tomorrow
  • Inland Empire Community Foundation
  • InnerCity Struggle
  • Jewish Free Loan Association
  • John Burton Advocates for Youth
  • Kern Community Foundation
  • KIPP Forward NorCal
  • KIPP SoCal
  • LEAD
  • Let’s Go To College
  • Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Los Angeles Education Partnership
  • Los Angeles United Methodist Urban Foundation
  • Mi Casa Es Tu Casa Inc
  • Minds Matter of Los Angeles
  • Moneythink
  • Mt. San Antonio College
  • Muslim Student Association (MSA) West
  • National Association of Social Workers California Chapter (NASW-CA)
  • National Scholarship Providers Association (NSPA)
  • NextGen California
  • North Orange County Community College District
  • Oakland Promise
  • One Voice
  • OneFuture Coachella Valley
  • OneGoal Bay Area
  • Operation Jump Start
  • Our Voice: Communities for Quality Education
  • Partnership for Los Angeles Schools
  • Partnership Scholars Program
  • Pedrozzi Scholarship Foundation
  • Planting Justice
  • Project Soar
  • Public Advocates
  • PUENTE Learning Center
  • Pullias Center for Higher Education
  • Ready to Succeed
  • Reinvent Stockton Foundation
  • Resilient Fruitvale Collaborative
  • Richmond Promise
  • Sacramento Region Community Foundation
  • San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority
  • San Jose Promise
  • Sanctuary of Hope (SOH)
  • Santa Clara University
  • ScholarMatch
  • Silicon Valley Education Foundation
  • Stanislaus Community Foundation
  • Stockton Scholars
  • Students Rising Above
  • Study Smart Tutors, Inc
  • The Campaign for College Opportunity
  • The Education Trust—West
  • The Institute for College Access & Success (TICAS)
  • The Peninsula College Fund
  • The San Diego Foundation
  • The Unity Council
  • Transformative Action Institute
  • uAspire
  • Umoja Community Education Foundation
  • Uncommon Good
  • United Friends of the Children
  • University of California Student Association (UCSA)
  • YesSheCanCampaign
  • YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles
  • Young Invincibles
  • and 204 individuals

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And thank you to the organizations who submitted direct letters of support to the Senate Appropriations Committee!

  • California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office
  • California State Student Association (CSSA)
  • California Teachers Association
  • Mt. San Antonio College
  • National Association of Social Workers California Chapter (NASW-CA)
  • North Orange County Community College District
  • Office of Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis
  • California State University

Approximately 1 million students will be served by this bill including over Pell-eligible and CADAA financial aid-eligible students.

This bill would prohibit the displacement of financial aid awards due to receipt of private scholarships of students who are eligible for the: 1) Federal Pell Grant and/or 2) California Dream Act financial aid at both public and private institutions of higher education in the state of California.

WHY? Students who have financial need and receive private scholarships are unable to make full use of the scholarships awarded to them by private scholarship providers when institutions of higher education reduce students’ financial aid. When scholarship displacement occurs, financial aid is often reduced by an amount equivalent to any private scholarships awarded, leaving students with a zero net-benefit for their hard work. A recent survey found that 50% of private scholarship recipients had experienced scholarship displacement, with 62% having their institutional grants reduced

Our Policy Priorities

2021-2022 Policy Priorities are under development


  • AB 288 CA Ban on Scholarship Displacement 2021

  • AB 1456 Cal Grant Reform Act

  • Cradle-to-Career System Budget Proposal

  • SB 737 Modernize Cal-SOAP

  • Enhanced Access to SNAP (EATS) Act

  • AB 469 Requiring LEA’s confirm completion of FAFSA or CADAA

  • SCA 5 Student Regent Bill

  • College Savings Account (CSA) Program Investments

Californians for College Affordability Member

The Coalition of Californians for College Affordability works to strengthen need-based financial aid in California so that all students can afford to attend and complete college, allowing the state’s workforce to remain competitive.