June 30, 2023
Contact: Melissa Villarin
Office: 916-327-5365
Office E-mail: MVillarin@CCCCO.edu

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Community Colleges Chancellor Sonya Christian released the following statement on today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision to block President Biden’s plan for student debt forgiveness:

“Today’s decision by the Supreme Court is a blow to student borrowers who need help the most. Student debt burden disproportionately impacts minoritized families, creates a drag on the economy, and discourages individuals from obtaining the education and skills necessary to support themselves and participate in American democracy. More federal and state financial aid needs to be made available to eligible students to ensure they have access to educational opportunities to realize their dreams without going into severe debt. California's community colleges stand ready to assist students with grants and scholarships that do not have to be repaid. Visit ICANGOTOCOLLEGE.com for more information."

The California Community Colleges is the largest system of higher education in the nation, composed of 73 districts and 116 colleges serving 1.8 million students per year. California community colleges provide career education and workforce training; guaranteed transfer to four-year universities; and degree and certificate pathways. As the state’s engine for social and economic mobility, the California Community Colleges supports the Vision for Success, a strategic plan designed to improve student success outcomes, increase transfer rates and eliminate achievement gaps. For more information, please visit the California Community Colleges website or follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.