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Assemblymember to Host Town Hall About Affordable Higher Education

Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski will talk about the Middle Class Scholarship Act at CSU East Bay on May 17.

The following is a press release issued by the Office of Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski:

Fremont – Maintaining access to an affordable higher education will be the focus of a Town Hall hosted by Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, May 17 in Room 102 in the OLD Student Union at California State University, East Bay in Hayward.

Wieckowski, a co-author of the Middle Class Scholarship Act introduced by Assembly Speaker John Perez, will describe how the legislation would reduce the cost of attending college by two- thirds for students at a CSU or University of California campus with family incomes of less than $150,000 who do not already have fees covered. 

It is estimated that CSU families would save more than $4,000 a year and UC families would save more than $8,100 a year. Community college districts would receive additional assistance to alleviate costs for their students. 

Each local district would have discretion to allocate the funds to best meet student needs, such as providing grants to cover books and transportation or expanding the use of fee waivers.

“All Californians deserve access to an affordable higher education, which is vital to the future economic success of our state,” Wieckowski said.  “This legislation keeps the door to higher education open for middle class families and will allow students to strive to reach their full potential.”

The scholarships would be paid for entirely by closing a $1 billion wasteful corporate tax loophole that allows out-of-state corporations to elect to lower their California tax bill.

Reducing student loan debt is a priority for Wieckowski. 

Earlier this year, he carried legislation to create a student loan default risk index and prohibit colleges with high student loan defaults from receiving Cal Grant funds. The bill demanded more accountability from for-profit institutions that are the worst offenders in saddling students with excessive loan debts.

“Student loan debt is now over $1 trillion in America and our students will be burdened by it for years to come,” Wieckowski said.  “It puts a drain on our economy.  The documentary “Default” tells the stories of borrowers from different backgrounds and how they are affected by the private student lending industry.”

Wieckowski will be joined at the forum by Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett.

The forum and documentary screening will be preceded by a 12:30 p.m. student rally at the Agora Stage featuring live music from a local DJ, free food and prizes.

  • WHO: Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont), and Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett (D-San Leandro)
  • WHAT: Town Hall on the Middle Class Scholarship Act and Documentary Screening
  • WHERE: Room 102, OLD Student Union, CSU East Bay in Hayward
  • WHEN: 1:30 p.m., Thursday, May 17, 2012
Milan Moravec May 13, 2012 at 08:39 PM
Send a email, phone, write to your Calif Senator and assemblymember. Ask your friends to do the same THANKX!
Brash Brazen May 14, 2012 at 06:27 PM
Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski was elected by a large margin & has been an able & talented legislator. Unlike the conservative minority who complain constantly about those Democrats elected by & representative of the majority of their neighbors,most of his constituents are quite happy with his efforts on their behalf. Obviously if over half the voters agreed with Ron there'd be a Republican representing us & there party seems to be shrinking instead of growing here. The agenda of right-wing zealots & bible based bigots has repeatably been revlled & rejected by local voters & these people become angrier & more marginalized every passing day ! Re-elect Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski !!
Nadja Adolf May 25, 2012 at 08:48 AM
BTW, check out AB1544, the new law that our wonderful Assemblyman signed on to, the one that gives illegal aliens who remain in the state work permits so they can stay here. One reason the state is broke is because of the expense of educating, housing, and providing medical services to the American born children of illegal aliens, AKA "anchor babies." Note that a lot of the private scholarship funding in this state now goes to illegal aliens at the same time that Cal-Grants for citizens and legal residents have been drastically cut. For some reason, I'm just not impressed by Mr. W's "ghetto walk" through our neighborhood just before a primary election. Indeed, I will suggest that the middle class he is now so valiantly helping is ignored except right before an election.
Nadja Adolf May 25, 2012 at 08:56 AM
Real conservatives loathe Neocons and others who want their religion and narrow minded views made part of public policy - and that includes fanatical agnostics and atheists. We also loathe those in government who are more concerned about the well being of illegal aliens than of citizens. For example, I don't care how many children you have or don't have, as long as you don't expect me to feed and clothe them for you. Real conservatives also wonder why extreme liberals are so excitable and full of hate and invective. Maybe you need so more pot, Brash/Summer/Nancy.
Nadja Adolf May 25, 2012 at 08:58 AM
Unfortunately, most state colleges won't accept three years of Community College credits - and $2500 a year doesn't even cover tuition at the UC. The other problem is that many community colleges lack courses for quite a few major fields.

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