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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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).
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.
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Chaffey Joint Union High School District
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.
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.
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.
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.
ONTARIO, CA – Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (CA-35) today hosted a reception at her district office in Ontario announcing 14 military academy nominations she is recommending from across the Inland Empire.
Each year, Rep. Torres nominates promising high school seniors from California’s 35th Congressional District for the honor of studying at esteemed military academies across the United States, providing an equivalent scholarship of $500,000 for each student. This year is Rep. Torres’ largest group of nominations to date.
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (CA-35) released the following statement today in response to President Donald Trump’s FY 2021 Budget Request, which slashes deeply at domestic programs to help working and low-income Americans, in some cases, eliminating them outright.
POMONA, CA – Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (CA-35) today visited Lorbeer Middle School to congratulate students who won the Congressional App Challenge for California’s 35th Congressional District.
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.