Education

Alex knows that an investment in a child’s education is an investment in the future of America. He grew up attending Los Angeles public schools, where his teachers encouraged him to dream big. Alex wants all children in California to have access to quality public education so they can pursue their own dreams. He is proud to advocate for funding to support teachers and staff, school infrastructure, and student well-being. As a first-generation college graduate, Alex knows the hurdles that too many Californians face in accessing quality, affordable higher education, and he is determined to make higher education accessible for all. During his first term in congress, Padilla introduced the Basic Assistance for Students in College (BASIC) Act to ensure college students are able to meet their basic needs while pursuing their education. He also led several pushes calling on the Biden administration to cancel up to $50,000 of debt for federal student loan borrowers to provide relief to nearly 4 million Californians with student debt.

As a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a degree in mechanical engineering, Alex is a strong supporter of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) educational opportunities inside and outside the classroom. He has also helped launch, and co-chair, the first-ever Senate Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) Caucus. The HSI Caucus aims to educate Members of Congress about the contributions and importance of allocating adequate resources to accredited, degree-granting institutions of higher education with at least 25 percent total undergraduate Hispanic full-time student enrollment. 

Recent News

FY 24 Appropriations Package Passes Senate with Over $30 Million for 27 Community Projects Across California WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) announced that he secured over $30 million for 27 community projects across California in the...
WASHINGTON, D.C. ­— Today, U.S. Senators Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) announced the Isakson-Roe Education Oversight Expansion Act, which would improve U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) oversight to ensure veterans receive access to quality higher education from...
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senators Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), led 24 Senators in urging U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona to address the Free Application for...
FY 24 Appropriations Package Passes Senate with Over $30 Million for 27 Community Projects Across California WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) announced that he secured over $30 million for 27 community projects across California in the...
WASHINGTON, D.C. ­— Today, U.S. Senators Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) announced the Isakson-Roe Education Oversight Expansion Act, which would improve U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) oversight to ensure veterans receive access to quality higher education from...
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senators Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), led 24 Senators in urging U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona to address the Free Application for...
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senators Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Representative Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (D-Va.-03), along with 105 of their colleagues, called on Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona to urgently address the operational...
WASHINGTON, D.C. —  Today, U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) led his colleagues in calling on Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona to consider additional student debt relief for borrowers experiencing financial hardship. In total, nearly 40 lawmakers from the Senate and...
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) announced that California was awarded $88 million to purchase electric buses across the state. The funding comes through the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean School Bus Program, which was created through...
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), and Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chair Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), along with Representatives Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.-07), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.-05), and Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.-24)...
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), a member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), and Representative Pete Aguilar (D-Calif.-33) introduced the University Centers for Growth, Development, and Prosperity (GDP) Act. The legislation would...
WASHINGTON D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) introduced legislation to help college students experiencing food insecurity more easily access Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. The bill is cosponsored by U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), John Fetterman (D-Pa.),...
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Ahead of National Hispanic Heritage Month, U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), co-chair of the Senate Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) Caucus, today announced a pair of legislative initiatives to celebrate the importance of HSIs and expand higher education opportunities for Latino students. This week,...
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