(Sacramento) – Students and parents joined Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-Orange County), Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) and members of the Assembly Budget and Higher Education Committees for a State Capitol news conference to announce a higher education budget package designed to reduce student debt and make college affordability a reality for millions of students.
“We know there are students that are not only struggling to pay for their college but for their housing and for food,” said Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva. “This is a serious crisis and we need to do more.”
“As a member of the Higher Education Committee, I am going to do everything I can to keep the California promise – the California Dream, alive – investing more in education and letting our students know there is a bright future ahead,” said Quirk-Silva.
The four components of the package are: Make Community Colleges ‘tuition free’ for one year for any full time in-state student; Expand the successful ‘Success Grants’ program for California Community College (CCC) students; Reject Governor Brown’s proposal to eliminate the ‘Middle Class Scholarship’; and Create the ’Degrees Not Debt Scholarship’ to address non-tuition related costs associated with attending the UC or CSU.
Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk represents the 65th Assembly District, which includes the Orange County communities of Anaheim, Buena Park, Cypress, Fullerton, Garden Grove, La Palma, and Stanton.
The Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance will discuss and vote on these items at their hearing scheduled for Tuesday, March 14, 2017.
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