It is more important than ever for California community college stakeholders to be engaged in advocacy efforts at the federal level to ensure our colleges can continue to offer quality public education to California students. The League has identified several critical federal advocacy issues and developed supplemental documents to assist you in advocating for California's community colleges.
ACTION ALERT: Tell Federal Lawmakers that Every Student Counts
Congress is now debating whether further support of higher education will be distributed on a student headcount or full-time equivalent student (FTES) basis. Since the vast majority of community college students attend part-time, the only legitimately equitable method is headcount.
California Community Colleges were harmed in the last round of stimulus because Congress went with the FTES model. Without additional federal dollars that counts every student, our system will sustain an additional $791.1 million in state budget deferrals.
The time to act is now. Tell Senators Feinstein and Harris, and your members of Congress, to count every student because every student counts. Federal dollars for higher education must work on a headcount basis.
While Senators Feinstein and Harris and most of the California congressional delegation have expressed support for more federal assistance, they need to hear from community colleges on why student headcount is the only fair and equitable policy to follow.
Resources to help your undocumented students.
Federal grant opportunities for your community college.