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AM Alert: Heald College faces loss of California student aid eligibility

Roseville Mayor Claudia Gamar, left, joins Heald College officials Scott Loring and Donald Ed Hardenbrook for the groundbreaking of a new campus in Roseville in 1998.
Roseville Mayor Claudia Gamar, left, joins Heald College officials Scott Loring and Donald Ed Hardenbrook for the groundbreaking of a new campus in Roseville in 1998. The Sacramento Bee file

Already facing imminent closure, the for-profit chain Heald College was hit with a potentially fatal blow this week.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Education barred the school, which operates campuses in Roseville, Rancho Cordova and eight other California cities, from enrolling new students and slapped its parent company with a $30 million fine, citing an investigation that found Heald had routinely falsified its job placement rates and misled potential students.

Now the school may lose out on millions more in Cal Grant scholarships that were set aside for students attending Heald this spring.

The California Student Aid Commission halted payments to Heald in February after it failed to provide required documents demonstrating that it was financially stable. A compromise ultimately allowed Heald to collect about $14 million in aid money if students were able to complete the term, which finished last week.

But that deal is up for consideration again when the commission votes on whether to terminate Heald’s eligibility for the Cal Grant program, 1 p.m. at its office in Rancho Cordova.

STORE MORE: The Assembly Republican Caucus introduces a package of legislation to address “the state’s critical economic and infrastructure needs,” including building additional storage facilities with funding from last year’s water bond, 10:30 a.m. in Room 1190 of the Capitol.

HONOR THE FALLEN: CalTrans holds its annual memorial for the 183 highway maintenance workers and other employees who have lost their lives on the job since 1921, 11 a.m. on the west steps of the Capitol. State transportation Secretary Brian Kelly, CalTrans director Malcolm Dougherty and Assemblyman Jim Frazier, D-Oakley, will deliver remarks.

NEVER FORGET: The Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus and members of the California Cambodian community gather to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Cambodian genocide by the Khmer Rouge, 11 a.m. on the south steps of the Capitol. They will also be joined by Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, who plans to introduce a resolution in the Senate declaring Cambodian Genocide Memorial Week.

MAKING WAVES: As state and national efforts to raise the minimum wage falter, cities like Seattle and San Francisco are moving ahead with ordinances of their own. UC Berkeley researchers Michael Reich, Annette Bernhardt and Ken Jacobs discuss the “new wave” of local minimum wage laws, noon at the UC Center Sacramento on K Street.

CELEBRATIONS: Happy birthday to Sen. Jean Fuller, R-Bakersfield, who turns 65 today.

Call The Bee’s Alexei Koseff, (916) 321-5236. Follow him on Twitter @akoseff.

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