Statement on House Passage of HEROES Act 

May 15, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic threatens to devastate America’s colleges and universities, which face deep state budget cuts and the potential loss of significant tuition and other revenue as millions of students are considering their college plans for the coming year. Because colleges are essential to build and maintain a globally competitive economy, expand knowledge, promote oppor...

Statement on 2020-21 California May Budget Revision

May 14, 2020

In case there was any doubt, Governor Newsom’s revised state budget plan for 2020-21 confirms the devastating blow that the COVID-19 pandemic will deliver to California’s public colleges and universities absent federal investment. Yet by protecting the state Cal Grant program, and directing colleges to minimize impacts on programs and services for underrepresented students...

Statement on the HEROES Act

May 12, 2020

The $37 billion in the HEROES Act is a critical lifeline to colleges and universities hobbled by budget cuts and pandemic costs. Most of these funds are dedicated to public colleges where states agree to avoid disproportionate cuts to higher education. Yet even this large sum may not be enough to ensure colleges are not crippled by this once-in-a-lifetime crisis.

Defining Priorities in the Time of COVID

May 1, 2020

Long before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, California’s college students struggled to afford a college education, challenges that led to widespread calls to reform state financial aid to help more students and bring total college costs within reach. Now, financial aid reform discussions are on hold due to the economic downturn, and students’ financial challenges...