Los Angeles (CBSLA) – Governor Gavin Newsom signed a $ 47.1 billion package of bills in Cal State Northridge on Wednesday designed to pave the way for more California students to graduate from college.
The bills passed on Wednesday would make it easier and more affordable for California’s high school students to attend the University of California and Cal State University colleges. They also help fund affordable housing for students, especially those attending community college, and add more funding to grant programs.
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“Californians have been successful at our world-class universities for decades, but not everyone has similar access – today that is changing,” Newsom said in a statement. “Everyone deserves a chance at the California Dream – we’re eliminating equity gaps and increasing the opportunities at our universities to make those dreams come true for more California students.”
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Nearly three dozen bills were signed at the Cal State Northridge event, all with the intent to improve access to higher education for California students. A number concerned the standardization of general educational requirements and courses at adult education centers.
“When students shared their experience with the community college to four-year university transfer process, their message was loud and clear: The transfer is too complex, confusing and difficult to navigate,” said Rep. Marc Berman, Chair of the Master Plan Committee higher education in California, it said in a statement. “Instead of being a clear path, it’s a maze, and it costs students time and money that they can’t afford.”
The package also invests in affordable student housing and requires all students to submit a free federal grant application, also known as a FAFSA, or a California Dream Act application to get as much support as possible for their college education.
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The education package also includes providing college savings accounts for low-income children, providing grants for further education and training for workers affected by the pandemic, and supporting educational programs to help students get into sought-after jobs.