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Congresswoman Norma Torres

Representing the 35th District of California


Education and Student Loans

As a mother and grandmother, I care deeply about education and creating job opportunities for younger generations of Americans. Throughout my career, I have pushed for investments in all levels of education and for expanding college affordability and access. I understand the importance of increasing financial aid options, including year round Pell grants, and support legislation that would help lower student loan debt. I am also committed to reducing young adult unemployment and providing opportunities for professional development to our local youth.  This is why I established a Youth Advisory Committee which gives participants – local high school students – an opportunity to learn about the legislative process and local industries such as trade, education, law enforcement, health care, government that are crucial to the Inland Empire’s economy. For more information on how to apply for the Youth Advisory Committee, please click here.

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More on Education and Student Loans

July 18, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Norma J. Torres (D-CA) led 35 Members of the Democratic Women’s Working Group in sending a letter to the Trump administration opposing the disbanding the White House Council on Women and Girls.
April 21, 2017 Press Release
ONTARIO, CA – Rep. Norma J. Torres (D-Pomona) unveiled the winner of the 35th District’s 2016 Congressional Art Competition at an awards ceremony and exhibition yesterday evening at the dA Center for the Arts in Pomona. The winning piece, “A Better Tomorrow” by Pomona resident Evelyn Ruiz, was selected out of 49 pieces submitted from students throughout the 35th District.
December 9, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – The evening of December 7th, Rep. Norma J. Torres (D-Pomona) held a Telephone Town Hall on Student Loans and Financial Aid for residents of the 35th Congressional District.  She was joined by representatives from the U.S. Department of Education and the California Student Aid Commission who gave an overview of programs available to assist students and graduates and answered questions from callers.


November 23, 2016 Press Release

ONTARIO, CA - Rep.  Norma J. Torres (D-Pomona) concluded the innaugural class of her congressional Youth Advisory Commitee and announced the opening of the application process of next year's committee. 

"I was consistently impressed and inspired by our first group of participants in the YAC program and can't wait to welcome our next group," said Torres. "These young future leaders were intellectually curious, insightful, and shared a strong commitment to making our community a better place. I hope they learned as much from the program as I learned from them."

August 30, 2016 Event

Representatives from the U.S. military service academies will be on hand to answer questions about their academies and the admission process.  Learn how you can earn a free, world-class college education, including room and board, books, and health coverage. 

Click HERE to read more about the application process and download this year's application.  For more information or to RSVP, call (909) 481-6474 or email

August 9, 2016 Press Release

ONTARIO, CA – Today, Rep. Norma J. Torres (D-Pomona) held a “Back-to-School Day” to meet with Inland Empire students, teachers and school administrators and encourage them to work hard and have a great year. 


April 26, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Norma J. Torres (D-Pomona) introduced the Tribal Early Childhood, Education, and Related Services Integration Act, a bill that seeks to expand early education opportunities and close the achievement gap between Native and Non-Native children by making it easier for tribes to apply for support for early childhood education services.


March 24, 2016 Page

The Program

The Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) will provide high school students with a unique opportunity to acquire leadership skills in a professional environment. The program will focus on helping students learn about the industries that are crucial to our local economy with an education-based experience designed to inspire our future leaders.

February 5, 2016 In The News

POMONA >> In a symbolic move, authority of Cal Poly Pomona was passed to new President Soraya M. Coley during a ceremony Friday afternoon.

January 28, 2016 Press Release
ONTARIO, CA – Today, Rep. Norma J. Torres (D-Pomona) announced the names of the four students nominated to the U.S. Service Academies.  The students were selected through a rigorous application and interview process, and their nominations will now go to the respective service academies for final approval.