Here’s what would it take to give California students a debt-free college education

California could help students get through college without debt — but at a hefty potential cost of $3.3 billion annually, a new state report says. The report by the state Legislative Analyst’s Office laid out different ways the state could help students at the University of California, California State University and California Community Colleges cover both tuition and living expenses. The analysis comes as concern rises over spiraling student debt, which has topped $1 trillion nationwide. Worries over college costs also have deepened among some families since UC regents approved a tuition increase last week and Gov. Jerry Brown proposed phasing out the state’s Middle Class Scholarship program for new students beginning this fall.

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by Teresa Watanabe, The Los Angeles Times.

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