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National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education

This report highlights the affordability gaps faced by California's community colleges. Despite the lowest tuition in the country and tuition waivers for the lowest-income students, many California students struggle to afford the total cost of education, which includes housing, food, health care, and textbooks. And although California students are generally lower-income than students in other states, fewer of them receive financial aid. As a result, students in California take fewer classes and work longer hours than do students in other states. The report urges strengthening financial aid programs, increasing student utilization of existing financial aid, and using revenues from modest tuition increases to support programs to improve student success. It also cites some practices, including the Board Financial Assistance Program (BFAP), that have been successful in assisting more students in receiving financial aid. Continued research into effective community college financial aid practices is being conducted by another grantee, the Institute for College Access and Success. The following are appended: (1) Textbook Costs and Strategies to Contain Them; and (2) Rough Cost Projections for Cal Grant and Fee Matching Funds Policy Recommendations. (Contains 65 footnotes, 8 figures, and 16 tables.)

Descriptors: Tuition, Community Colleges, Student Financial Aid, Access to Education, Low Income Groups, Paying for College, Educational Finance, Enrollment Trends, Grants, Federal Aid, Student Costs, State Aid

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Autor: Zumeta, William; Frankle, Deborah

Fuente: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=6622&id=ED495774







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