SB 906 (priority registration) Advances Through Legislature

On August 3rd, Senate Bill 906 (Beall), which would ensure the availability of priority registration for foster youth, low-income students and students with disabilities in college in California, passed unanimously out of the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

These three categories of students fare much worse than the general population and are less likely to hold a post-secondary education degree by age 26. For foster youth, 8 percent will hold a college degree, 10 percent of low-income students and 29 percent of students with a disability, as compared to half of the population that is not low-income, disabled or in foster care.

SB 906 would ensure the availability of priority registration for foster youth, low-income students and students with disabilities by removing a sunset clause that would have eliminated priority registration on January 1, 2017. The bill would also change foster youth eligibility for priority registration. Currently, foster youth are eligible for priority registration if they were in foster care on or after their 18th birthday and under age 23. Under the new criteria, foster youth would be eligible for priority registration if they were in foster care on or after their 16th birthday, and were under age 26.

SB 906 will next be voted on by the full Assembly by August 31st, and if successful, will go to the Governor’s desk, who has until September 30th to sign or veto bills.