SACRAMENTO— Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside), Chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee, released the following statement on the Legislature’s passage of the State Budget Agreement for 2021-2022, Assembly/Senate Bill 129.
“This budget provides the largest investment in higher education in the history of California. This time a year ago, we saw a contraction of our budget, a transition to remote learning, and a significant learning loss for many. In fact, nearly seven in ten students lost some of their financial aid last year, giving many students the difficult decision between pursuing higher education and saving money. This year, we are not just returning to the way things were before the pandemic. We truly are building back better.”
This historic investment includes significant gains for ethnic studies curriculum, restorative justice programs such as Project Rebound, and an expansion of health access and education with the University of California, Riverside School of Medicine.
Moreover, the June 28th Budget Package makes the biggest expansion to Cal Grants since its inception over two decades ago. This includes $155 million ongoing to end the age and time out of high school requirements for adult learners, opening Cal Grant award access to 133,000 community college students. Finally, the budget allocates $515 million on top of existing $117 million beginning in 2022-23 to reboot the Middle Class Scholarship, accounting for the true cost of attendance.
“With this budget today, we are building a future. We are creating opportunities for our most underserved students—we are making education and growth accessible to all.”
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