Student Senate for California Community Colleges Responds to Governor’s 2024 - 25 Budget Proposal

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Student Senate for California Community Colleges (SSCCC), representing California’s 1.9 million community college students, appreciates Governor Newsom’s efforts to preserve community college funding and his dedication to workforce education in the 2024 - 25 budget proposal. Nevertheless, we are strong proponents of college affordability and will continue to push for the full and timely implementation of Cal Grant reform.

“We acknowledge the challenging task of crafting a balanced budget in a deficit year and are grateful for the proposed slight funding increase for the Student-Centered Funding Formula. We also applaud the Governor's commitment to preserving a pathway for state funding for affordable student housing. The Student Senate looks forward to working with the Governor and Legislature on basic needs and funding in the coming months.” Cassandra Flandre-Nguyen, President 

“While the Student Senate appreciates much of the Governor’s proposal, we will continue to advocate for the full implementation of Cal Grant Reform. Last year, over 97,000 students transferred and 187,000 earned degrees. If we want to continue growing those numbers, the state needs to support our students by providing Cal Grant 2 to community college students.” Chanelle Win, 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 1.9 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.