Senate Bill 326, authored by Senator Janet Nguyen to protect the state’s only scholarship for middle class students from being eliminated from the state budget, cleared the Senate Education Committee.
Senator Nguyen introduced SB 326 in response to Governor Brown’s plans to phase out funding for the Middle Class Scholarship to 75 percent of 2017-2018 levels, eventually eliminating the program in its entirety. SB 326 will ensure that the Middle Class Scholarship will remain intact and continuously funded at its current levels.
“Since middle class families do not qualify for other forms of financial aid, the Middle Class Scholarship is one of the only programs available to help them finance their child’s education,” said Senator Janet Nguyen. “If this program ends, families may have to reconsider the future of their child’s higher education altogether.”