California Democrats unveil a sweeping financial aid plan to help students avoid debt

Seizing on growing concerns over college affordability, California lawmakers proposed what would be the most generous college aid plan in the nation Monday, covering not just tuition but also living expenses that have led to spiraling student debt… Debbie Cochrane, vice president of the Institute for College Access and Success, said the Assembly proposal would not adequately help those students who most need it. “In many regions across the state, community college students face higher college costs than UC or CSU students,” Cochrane said. Cortez Alcalá said it was financially unrealistic to cover the full cost of college for all students. “We have to pick and choose,” she said.

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by Melanie Mason and Teresa Watanabe, The Los Angeles Times.

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