California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill to grant up to $5,000 to community college students who transfer to historically Black colleges and universities.

The bill Assembly Majority Leader Isaac Bryan drafted will help students fund their out-of-state studies, as there are no HBCUs in California. This will help cover tuition for students who may lose access to state aid.

The law would “create a California-to-HBCU-to-California pipeline that would benefit not only our students but the entire state,” according to EdSource.

“AB 1400 creatively redirects funds to support California’s students looking to transfer to an HBCU and bring their talents back to California,” Marlene Garcia, executive director of the California Student Aid Commission, said.

According to the bill, only 53 community college students transferred to 39 HBCUs in the 2021 to 2022 fiscal year.

The new law refocuses the funds generated by the College Access Tax Credit from Cal Grant B recipients to HBCU transfer students who have agreed to return to California, according to the California Student Aid Commission.