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AB 1504 Frequently Asked Questions

In October 2019, Assembly Bill 1504 was signed into law, requiring California Community Colleges to collect a student representation fee (SRF) of $2 per semester. This law went into effect January 1, 2020, and all students who initially register for classes on or after January 1, 2020 will have this fee imposed. Students may opt out of the fee, please read below for more information on the fee and how to opt out.

    • What is it?

      A voluntary contribution to support student representation efforts at the local and state level.

      California Education Code 76060.5 states: “… A student representation fee of two dollars ($2) shall be collected by the officials of the community college… for student representation fees. The money collected pursuant to this section shall be expended to provide support for governmental affairs representatives of local or statewide student body organizations who may be stating their positions and viewpoints before city, county, and district governments, and before offices and agencies of state government...”

      $1 of the fee goes to support the state-wide Student Senate of the California Community Colleges (SSCCC), and $1 of the fee goes to the efforts of our own Associated Students to be used toward representing Mt. San Antonio College students at the local and state level.

    • Why is it important?

      The focus of this fee is to emphasize the role of community colleges in California as a postsecondary institution representing 2.1 million students, in addition to establishing an assurance of the students’ role in the shared governance process.

      This fee provides and enhances access to governance mechanisms for the purpose of effective representation, accountability, and also improving communication, coordination, and collaborative efforts to organize and advocate on issues affecting California Community College students.

    • Who represents my voice, and how can I get involved?

      You do! Associated Students of Mt. San Antonio College is here to empower every student to grow and advocate for their community at the local, state, and federal levels. To learn more about how you can gain access to the Student Representation Fee fund, please visit Associated Students in Building 9C Student Life Center. www.mtsac.edu/as

    • Does Financial Aid cover this fee?

       No, this fee is collected at the time of registration.

    • How do I opt out of this fee?

      A student may choose to opt-out of paying the Student Representation Fee.  Students can choose to opt-out of paying the fee by selecting this option before beginning the online registration process.  If a student wishes to opt-back in they can request to opt-in by emailing the Cashier’s Office and providing their student ID number in the email.