The Legislature and Governor set aside money from within the community college budget to increase awareness about financial aid opportunities and to hire additional staff to provide students with free one-on-one help identifying those opportunities and applying for them. This effort is aimed at low-income high school students, currently enrolled community college students, and other low-income Californians.
Community college financial aid offices historically have been under-funded, and have not had the resources to make sure that all eligible students were aware of the opportunities available to them. The offices also have not had the staff to fully support the application process. However, the funding from this new initiative is helping the campuses reach and assist greater numbers of students.