Constituent Service By Numbers

  • 117th Congress in Review

  • 1,880Constituent Cases Helped
  • 123,882Responses to Letters, Emails, Calls
  • 1,840,000Returned to Constituents
  • 3,380,015,690Money Invested

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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Como madre y abuela, me preocupo profundamente por la educación y la creación de oportunidades laborales para las generaciones más jóvenes de estadounidenses. A lo largo de mi carrera, he impulsado inversiones en todos los niveles de educación y ampliar la asequibilidad y el acceso a la universidad. Entiendo la importancia de aumentar las opciones de ayuda financiera, incluidas las subvenciones Pell durante todo el año, y apoyar la legislación que ayudaría a reducir la deuda de préstamos estudiantiles. También estoy comprometida en reducir el desempleo de los adultos jóvenes y brindar oportunidades de desarrollo profesional a nuestros jóvenes locales. Es por eso que establecí un Comité Asesor de Jóvenes que brinda a los participantes, estudiantes de preparatoria locales, la oportunidad de aprender sobre el proceso legislativo y las industrias locales como el comercio, la educación, la aplicación de la ley, la atención médica, y el gobierno que son cruciales para la economía del Inland Empire.

Para obtener más información sobre cómo postularse para el Comité Asesor de Jóvenes, haga oprima aquí.

More on Education and Student Loans

July 19, 2021 Press Release

POMONA, CA – U.S. Representatives Norma J. Torres (CA-35), Grace Napolitano (CA-32) and Salud Carbajal (CA-24) today announced that their provision to increase federal funding by an additional $10 million to support U.S. Air Force Educational Partnership Agreements (EPA) is included in the fiscal year 2022 House Defense Appropriations Bill.

June 10, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Norma Torres (D-Calif.), along with U.S. Senators Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), introduced the Basic Assistance for Students in College (BASIC) Act, bicameral legislation to ensure college students are able to meet their basic needs while pursuing their education. U.S Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.) are cosponsors of the bill.

May 20, 2021 Press Release

POMONA – Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (CA-35) today announced nearly $133 million in COVID relief funds for Inland Empire colleges and universities thanks to the Congressionally-passed American Rescue Plan.

April 21, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (CA-35) this week passed the G.I. Veterans Education Empowerment Act (GIVE Act) out of the House of Representatives.
April 16, 2021 Press Release

POMONA, CA—U.S. Representatives Norma J. Torres (CA-35), Grace Napolitano (CA-32) and Salud Carbajal (CA-24) today announced $10 million from the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (H.R. 133) to fund an Education Partnership Agreement (EPA) between California Polytechnic State Universities (Cal Poly Pomona and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo) and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) to develop key technologies to accelerate the AFRL’s strategic capabilities in secured unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

March 19, 2021 Press Release

POMONA – Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (CA-35) today announced that school districts across her Inland Empire Congressional District are cumulatively receiving more than an estimated $451 million as a result of the Congressionally-passed American Rescue Plan.

LEA Name

Grants to LEAs

Chaffey Joint Union High School District


March 18, 2021 Press Release

POMONA, CA – Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (CA-35) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) today hosted Reach for the Stars, a townhall connecting Inland Empire students with NASA astronauts Victor J. Glover, Jr. (Commander, U.S. Navy) and Dr. Shannon Walker, live from the International Space Station.

December 23, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (CA-35) today announced that she secured $5 million to fund a pilot program of her legislation, the BASIC Act, as part of the Omnibus Appropriations package that passed out of Congress last night.

Then-Senator and now Vice President-elect Kamala Harris introduced the counterpart of the Basic Assistance for Students in College (BASIC) Act in the U.S. Senate.

June 9, 2020 Press Release

POMONA, CA—Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (CA-35) today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is awarding a $649,950 grant to Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona. The Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students (SDS) program will fund scholarships to graduate students with traditionally underrepresented backgrounds. 


April 15, 2020 Press Release

POMONA, CA – Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (CA-35) today announced more than $184.5 million in Department of Education funding that will benefit residents of California’s 35th Congressional District as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. This includes more than $43.5 million going to institutions of higher learning within the district, and more than $140 million for the surrounding region that will benefit constituents who attend commuting schools.