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Ability to Benefit (ATB)                                                                                                                                     
When students apply for financial aid, El Camino College determines whether they have the ability to benefit from the education and training offered.  
To be considered for financial aid, all students must have a (1) high school diploma OR, (2) General Equivalency Diploma (GED), OR (3) passed the California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE), OR (4) attended a Title IV eligible college prior to 7/1/12. If so, you must submit an official transcript from the Title IV eligible school you attended to be evaluated by a financial aid academic counselor. The financial aid academic counselor will then determine if you are eligible to take the ATB Test in the Assessment Center

To obtain information about earning your high school diploma or a General Equivalency Diploma (GED) visit your local adult school or review the Equivalency and Evaluation Information Sheet.
Assembly Bill 130 (AB 130)
AB 130 allows students who meet AB 540 criteria (California Education Code 68130.5(a)) to apply and receive non-state
funded scholarships for public colleges and universities.
Assembly Bill 131 (AB 131)
AB 131 allows students who meet AB 540 criteria to apply for and receive state-funded financial aid such as institutional grants and scholarships, community college fee waivers, Cal Grant and Chafee Grant.
Assembly Bill 540 (AB 540)
Any student, other than a nonimmigrant alien, who meets all of the following requirements, shall be exempt from paying nonresident tuition at the California Community Colleges, the California State University and the University of California (all public colleges and universities in California).  The Admissions and Records office determines if a student meets the criteria to be considered an AB 540 student.
California Licensure Exam Reporting (AB 2086)
In accordance with the California State Assembly Bill 2086 (AB 2086), El Camino College has identified the following undergraduate programs that lead to employment for which passage of a state licensing exam or state certification is required. 
Clery Act (Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act)
 The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act is the landmark federal law, originally known as the Campus Security Act, that requires colleges and universities across the United States to disclose information about crime on and around their campuses.  The law is tied to an institution's participation in federal financial aid programs and it applies to most institutions of higher education both public and private. 
Complaint Process
Most complaints, grievances or disciplinary matters should be resolved at the college level as this is the quickest and most successful way of resolving issues involving a California Community College (CCC).  Students are encouraged to work through the college complaint process first, before escalating issues to the Student Grievance Officer or the Student Conduct Officer.
Citizenship & Constitution Day
Commemorating the September 17, 1787 signing of the Constitution, educational institutions receiving Federal funding are required to hold an educational program pertaining to the United States Constitution on September 17 of each year. 
Consumer Information
The federal Higher Education Act, the federal Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act (EADA), and regulatory guidance provided in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) require direct individual notices of prescribed information to certain target audiences including prospective students; currently enrolled students; current employees; parents, coaches and counselors of prospective student athletes; and the general public. Disclosures are to include crime/security statistics, student completion/graduation rates, FERPA privacy/security rights, financial aid program information, and gender-specific information on athletic participation and financial support.
Copyright Information
El Camino College personnel and students shall adhere to the Copyright Act by not reproducing copyrighted materials without prior permission of the copyright owner, except as allowed by the “fair use” doctrine. Employees and students who are unsure as to whether they are violating copyright law will be directed to the U.S. Copyright Office’s website at http://www.copyright.gov/   Students and college personnel are invited to visit the ECC Public Relations website for additional guidance on this important topic.
Drug & Alcohol Prevention
El Camino College is committed to providing all students, personnel and the greater public with a safe and conducive educational environment free from the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees (Board Policy 3550).  The Student Health Center provides information on health-related topics and self care.
Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act
El Camino College is committed to ensuring equity in the Intercollegiate Athletic program. The Superintendent/President shall ensure that the athletics program complies with all Title IX federal regulations, state law, the California Community College Commission on Athletics Constitution and Sports Guides, and appropriate Conference Constitution regarding student athlete participation. (Board Policy 5700)
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education. El Camino College is committed to ensuring that all personnel are informed and trained on the Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA).
Gainful Employment
El Camino College has identified academic and career technical education programs that lead to gainful employment upon successful completion. Click here for more information on Gainful Employment.
Student Complaints of Unlawful Discrimination
 "...no person in the State of California shall, on the basis of ethnic group identification, national origin, religion, age, sex or gender, race, color, ancestry, sexual orientation, or physical or mental disability, or on the basis of these perceived characteristics or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics, be unlawfully denied full and equal access to the benefits of, or be unlawfully subjected to discrimination under any program or activity that is administered by, funded directly by, or that receives any financial assistance from, the Chancellor or Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges." (Title 5, California Code of Regulations, section 59300.)
 
"Each community college district has primary responsibility to insure that its programs and activities are available to all persons without regard to ethnic group identification, national origin, religion, age, race, sex or gender, color, sexual orientation, ancestry, or physical or mental disability, or to their association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. Therefore, each community college district shall investigate complaints of unlawful discrimination in its programs or activities, and seek to resolve those complaints in accordance with the provisions of [sections 59300 et seq.]." (Title 5, California Code of Regulations, section 59320.)
 
For matters at the district level involving unlawful discrimination, please contact the Office of Student and Staff Diversity at 310-660-3813.
Textbook Disclosures
The ECC Bookstore is located on the north side of campus, in the bookstore building, near the intersection of Manhattan Beach Boulevard and Lemoli.  The Bookstore is owned and operated by El Camino College District. Its primary purpose is to provide, at the lowest possible cost, required textbooks and essential supplies to the El Camino community. All net proceeds are used to support the Auxiliary Service Fund and site improvements on campus. For more information, visit their website.
 
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 Last Published 5/30/14