October 6, 2021


HACU statement on Governor Gavin Newsom signing of legislation to increase the number of students filling out the FAFSA and CADAA

SAN ANTONIO – The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities has issued the following statement in response to Governor Newsom’s signing AB 469 by Assembly Majority Leader Eloise Gómez Reyes which will require local educational agencies to verify that students have filled out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the California Dream Act Application (CADAA). Additionally, the Governor signed SB 737 by Senator Monique Limón which will expand the California Student Opportunity and Access Program (Cal-SOAP) to provide help to under-resourced students to help fill out the FAFSA or CADAA.

“The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities commends the Governor for signing AB 469 which will increase the number of students who are filling out financial aid forms, and SB 737 which will provide much needed resources to help students fill out the forms” said HACU President and CEO Antonio R. Flores. “California is ensuring that students will be accessing the full amount of financial aid monies available to them, not leaving any free college dollars on the table. California has a generous financial aid policy, including for our undocumented students and this step will help students access all those dollars.”

About HACU

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, founded in 1986, represents more than 500 colleges and universities in the United States, Latin America, Spain, and school districts throughout the U.S. HACU is the only national association representing existing and emerging Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs). The Association’s headquarters are in San Antonio, Texas, with regional offices in Washington, D.C and Sacramento, California.


HACU Media Contact:
Norma Jean Revilla-Garcia
Executive Director of Communications and Marketing
Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities

Christopher de Hoyos
Assistant Director of Communications and Social Media
Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities