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Creating an affordable-college model for California

A system of higher education that ensures every student has the chance to succeed is the key to broadening opportunity as well as to providing our state with the skilled, productive workforce necessary to drive long-term economic growth. However, years of budget cuts and tuition hikes have shifted more higher education costs to students and families, forcing students to take out loans, work excessive hours, or forgo their education altogether.

A new report from Policy Analyst Amy Rose shows how California might calculate the cost of reforming the state’s financial aid system. This analysis provides two estimates of what an affordable-college program might cost California if the state were to cover unmet financial need for qualified students at any of the three public higher education sectors — the California Community Colleges (CCC), the California State University (CSU), and the University of California (UC). These estimates include non-tuition costs, such as housing, food, and transportation, which are typically unaccounted for in most state and federal student financial aid.

Amy points out that at current rates, California will not produce enough college graduates to meet the demands of the state’s economy in the years ahead, and recommends that state policymakers adopt reforms that ensure that higher education is accessible and affordable for all Californians.

To read the report, click here.

This article was released by the California Budget & Policy Center.