The Santa Monica Democratic Club will be hosting a symposium regarding high tuition costs at colleges and universities.

The meeting will cover issues including student loan debt, accessibility and diversity. In addition, the state and future of former Gov. Pat Brown’s 1960 Master Plan for Higher Education will also be discussed.

Ben Allen, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified school board member, will be moderating the meeting and the panelists involved in a Q&A will be University of California Regent Eddie Island, Executive Director of Campaign for College Opportunity Michelle Siqueiros, and Journalist David Dayen.

“People who come to the event will be exposed to the issues facing higher education policy makers,” Allen said.

Attending college has been a means for economic advancement for Americans, but tuition has become expensive. Due to reduced government income, states and colleges have implemented budget cuts and students have taken out more loans to cover the cost.

The meeting will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 30 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Santa Monica Public Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd. For more information, call (310)488-7431 or visit

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