Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez Introduces AB 379, To Forgive Student Loan Debt

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Sacramento, CA – Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles) introduced AB 379, which will create the “California Kickstart My Future” student loan forgiveness program under the California Student Aid Commission. The program will provide 2 years of federal student loan relief to recent college graduates living in California.

“I am strongly opposed to the tuition increases recently passed by the UC Regents and against proposed student fee increases by the CSU's,” said Assemblymember Gomez. "We should not be adding to the already unsustainable amount of debt that our students face. Between rising tuition rates, a rapidly inflating housing market, and increasingly unsustainable amounts of student loan debt, our graduates face unprecedented challenges. The least we can do is to provide California graduates with a little breathing room to become established in a career before having to repay their loans.”

Graduates will need to meet certain guidelines to be eligible for the program: be a California resident, have an income under $50,000, work in California if employed, and be in good standing with any state or federal loans. If passed, the first students to take advantage of the California Kickstart My Future student loan forgiveness program would be the 2017 graduating class.

CONTACT: Gibran Maciel, (916) 319-2051

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Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez represents the 51st Assembly District which includes the Northeast Los Angeles neighborhoods of Echo Park, Mission Junction, Historic Filipinotown, Chinatown, Glassell Park, Montecito Heights, Monterey Hills, El Sereno, Highland Park, Mt. Washington, Lincoln Heights, City Terrace, Elysian Valley, Cypress Park, Eagle Rock, portion of Silverlake, and unincorporated East Los Angeles.