“Degrees Not Debt” Package Unveiled
(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.” 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 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. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.