California Implements Last-Minute Fix To Save Students’ Financial Aid

Tens of thousands of students are breathing a sigh of relief today thanks to a last-minute fix that will prevent them from losing their financial aid.

As EdSource reports, at least 60,000 students enrolled in online programs based out of state were at risk of losing federal assistance. That’s because California did not have a process in place for fielding student complaints against out-of-state online colleges.

Under an Obama-era rule that went into effect on July 22, states must have such a system in order for students to take advantage of Pell Grants, work study, and other federal assistance.

Amid an outcry, officials with the California Department of Consumer Affairs worked overtime to create a complaint system at the eleventh hour.

Complaints can now be filed online at or via the toll-free hotline at 833-942-1120.