CCC Chancellor talks about financial aid program through Senate Bill 291

Taylor Jensen, Editor-in-chief

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With many students struggling to live day by day because of low funds, California Community Colleges call for more financial aid to provide for students. Speaker Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley held a student media teleconference to inform about the Senate Bill 291, on March 7.

“Senate Bill 291, introduced on Feb. 14 by state Sen. Connie M. Leyva, D-Chino, seeks to establish a California Community College Student Financial Aid Program,” according to Vice Chancellor for Communications and Marketing California Community Colleges Paul Feist,” that would base aid not only on the cost of tuition, but basic housing, transportation and textbooks.”

According to the California Community College Chancellor’s Office survey, “More than half of community college students have trouble affording balanced meals or they worry about running out of food. Nearly one in five are either homeless or do not have a stable place to live.”

Feist then went on to encourage everyone to visit TrueCollegeCost.com.

“The website was created by the California Community College Chancellor’s Office to educate students, the public, the system and stakeholders on the financial aid reform proposal that will provide meaningful support to students with the greatest need,” Feist said.

Feist also encouraged that on the site everyone reaches out to legislators by emailing or tagging them on Twitter and to also share the website with others.

“It’s important that we mobilize our system and advocate for financial aid reform that will provide the help students need to succeed in college,” Feist said.TT

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