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

November 6, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (D-CA) was joined today by local students, as well as advocates and experts focused on combatting student hunger and homelessness, to announce new legislation to ensure college students – particularly Pell Grant recipients and attendees of community colleges and minority-serving institutions – are able to meet their basic needs while pursuing their education.

September 9, 2019 Press Release

National Science Foundation award will help increase the number of low-income students pursuing graduate and doctorate degrees in STEM fields


September 4, 2019 Press Release

ONTARIO, CA – Today, U.S. Representative Norma J. Torres (D-Pomona) announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded a $704,979 grant to Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona. The funding will allow WesternU to further its heart and vascular disease research.


August 15, 2019 In The News

The National Science Foundation awarded a $475,000 Faculty Early Career Development Program grant to Cal Poly Pomona, it was announced Monday.


The funding will enable Cal Poly Pomona undergraduate researchers to expand research into the “metal-nitrogen oxide interactions and enable the recruitment of a diverse Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics workforce,” according to a statement released by the office of U.S. Rep. Norma J. Torres, D-Pomona.


July 24, 2019 Press Release

National Science Foundation award will help promote and retain newly hired historically underrepresented minority faculty in STEM fields


June 21, 2019 Press Release

The Air Force Educational Partnership Agreement could be extended to universities such as Cal Poly Pomona and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo to advance the next generation of military technology


June 11, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representative Norma J. Torres (D-Pomona) recently congratulated seven area high school students accepted to the U.S. military service academies. The students were nominated by a panel of judges with military backgrounds. Following a rigorous application and interview process, the judges made their recommendations to the respective service academies for final approval.


May 20, 2019 Press Release

Los Angeles area residents owe nearly $51 billion in student loan debt, according to a recent study by Experian


Appropriations bill increases funding for federal student aid programs by $492 million  


May 15, 2019 Press Release

HSIs receive nearly 30 percent less federal dollars per student compared to other institutions of higher education


Appropriations bill increases funding for HSIs by nearly 20 percent


April 25, 2019 Press Release

National Science Foundation award will help retain and support high achieving students who are low-income or from historically under-represented communities in STEM fields