Debate on college affordability spurs California lawmakers to offer proposals to help students

The attention from lawmakers reflects a growing worry from their constituents over the price of a higher education. A survey in December from the Public Policy Institute of California found that 57% of adults believed affordability was a big problem for the state’s public colleges and universities. Nearly three-quarters of those polled said they believed the high costs were preventing qualified and motivated students from going to college… The issue became even more visible as California institutions considered their first tuition hikes in six years. University of California regents approved a 2.5% tuition increase in January. California State University trustees are examining boosting tuition on their campuses by 5%.

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by Melanie Mason, The Los Angeles Times.

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