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Financial Aid Deadline Extended and Assembly Member Santiago Responds

For immediate release:

(Los Angeles, CA) Following Governor Newsom’s signing of AB 1887 (authored by Assemblymember Sabrina Cervantes (D-Riverside)) which extends the application deadline this year for state financial aid programs, such as the Cal Grant and Middle Class Scholarship, from April 2nd to May 2nd, Assembly Member Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles) released the following statement:

“California has made significant investments in expanding financial aid to make the dream of earning a college degree accessible for ALL Californians,” said Assemblymember Miguel Santiago. “That’s why I could not be prouder to support AB 1887 to make sure all students pursuing higher education have the necessary time to complete the FAFSA and access the vital state financial aid they deserve.

Higher education access has always been a major priority for me, as the author of AB 19 and AB 2 which brought two years of free community college and AB 2093 which can bring a tuition free community college bachelor’s degree so let’s get the FAFSA deadline extended!”

Due to implementation issues from the federal government with FAFSA, thousands of students have encountered difficulties accessing aid. Students with undocumented parents have been unable to complete FAFSA for example, simply because their parents lack a Social Security number.

Assembly Bill 1887 will provide students with more time to complete the FAFSA so they can access the financial aid and enable the federal government to address implementation issues so students with parents who are undocumented can complete their applications. It will also provide our colleges and universities with more time to make admissions decisions and provide financial aid award offers.

Assembly Member Miguel Santiago is the Assistant Assembly Majority Leader. He serves on the Arts, Entertainment, Sports and Tourism Committee, the Health Committee, and the Utilities & Energy Committee. He represents the 54th District composed of the cities of Los Angeles, Commerce, Montebello, and Vernon.