California Student Aid Commission
Student Loan Workgroup
In 2020, the Campaign advocated for the creation of a state-funded workgroup dedicated to solving California's student debt crisis. With the passage of the Budget Act of 2020, the California Student Aid Commission was tasked with convening a workgroup of higher education and student debt experts to better understand the problems borrowers face at every stage of repayment.
Each month, the workgroup invites researchers, advocates, and other experts to present research findings and discuss best practices for tackling the student debt and protecting borrowers. In September 2021, the working group will present it findings formally to the California Legislature and California Department of Finance.
Members of the Campaign frequently join the workgroup's monthly meetings to present on their experiences working with struggling borrowers across California.
March 2021: Student Debt Crisis presents on outreach to communities that are systematically denied access to repayment protections; NextGen Policy presents on state developments in borrower protections
April 15, 2021: Loan repayment and debt forgiveness
May 24, 2021: Private sector strategies, employer repayment assistance
July 7, 2021: Identifying final recommendations
All meetings are open to the public and anyone can join to provide public comment.