AB 1674 to Increase Resident Student Access to the University of California Passes Assembly Higher Education Committee
(SACRAMENTO) – In a unanimous bi-partisan vote on Tuesday afternoon, the Assembly Higher Education Committee passed AB 1674 by Assemblymember Grayson (D-Concord). The bill will now head to the Assembly Appropriations Committee.
AB 1674 will ensure that qualified Californian students are not denied admission at UC institutions in favor of less qualified out-of-state students who pay more in tuition and fees.
Assemblymember Grayson said the following: “While nonresident enrollment adds value on campus in terms of diversity of background, there are consequences to a process that increasingly favors out-of-state students over qualified in-state students. The system is failing the very people it vowed to serve, those students who dream of graduating high school and attending some of the highest quality institutions their home state has to offer. AB 1674 will make sure that admission at a UC campus is based on academic performance, not other factors. This bill shifts the focus back to our students.”
AB 1674 will specify that when UC campuses admit nonresident undergraduate students, their academic qualifications should exceed those of resident undergraduate students.
“Each year, the UC has continued to admit a growing number of out-of-state and international students while equally or more highly qualified California students are being rejected,” said Assemblymember Grayson. “It’s time to hold UC accountable to its mission to serve Californian students.”
AB 1674 will now head to the Assembly Appropriations Committee for a vote.
Tim Grayson represents the 14th Assembly District that includes the communities of Benicia, Concord, Clayton, Martinez, Pleasant Hill, Vallejo, Pittsburg and Walnut Creek. For more information please visit the Assemblymember’s website, www.assembly.ca.gov/a14.