Student Senate Concerned About Deferred Maintenance Reduction; Supports COLA and Affordable Housing Efforts in May Revise

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Student Senate for California Community Colleges (SSCCC) appreciates Governor Newsom’s dedication to California’s community college students in the 2023 - 24 May Revise. SSCCC supports the significant 8.22% cost-of-living-adjustment and prioritization of affordable student housing. We also continue to be strong proponents of college affordability and support the full on-time implementation of Cal Grant reform.

“We appreciate the cost-of-living increase; however, we are worried about the proposed statutory flexibility to the Student Equity and Achievement Program and student mental health resources. Students are struggling more than ever with mental health since the onset of the COVID epidemic and we are apprehensive about the outcomes this flexibility may create.” Clemaus Tervalon, President 

“The Student Senate is grateful for the Governor’s support of affordable housing at community colleges. However, we are concerned about the significant reduction to deferred maintenance funding and the real impact continuing to put off maintenance will have on our colleges, particularly for students returning to campus.” Zachariah Wooden, Vice President of Legislative Affairs  

 The California Community Colleges is the largest system of higher education in the nation, composed of 73 districts and 116 colleges serving 1.8 million students per year.  The Student Senate for California Community Colleges' mission is to enrich the collegiate experience for all California community college students by pursuing policies that will improve student access and success while engaging and empowering local student leaders and honoring equity and diversity.