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ERIC Number: ED503100
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Community Colleges:Still an Affordable Route to a Degree? Commission Report 08-14
California Postsecondary Education Commission
This white paper continues the Commission's examination of how rising college costs are affecting California families. An earlier paper looked at the costs for students living on campus at the University of California (UC) and the California State University (CSU). Rising costs for UC and CSU have been particularly hard on middle- and lower-income families whose incomes have not kept up with inflation in the last 20 to 30 years. The report looks at costs for students who live with their parents and commute to a nearby community college. Costs for these students have grown over the last few decades, but more moderately than costs for students at residential university campuses. Although a community college education is no longer easily affordable in the way that it was in the past, for many students, community colleges are still an affordable route to a degree. However, many community colleges are at capacity and require construction of new facilities and updating of current facilities to accommodate enrollment growth. The report recognizes that in the current budget crisis there are many demands for state funding and voters may be reluctant to approve bond measures for new community college facilities. Nonetheless, the report concludes that the community college system should maintain affordability, should continue to grow to accommodate enrollment demand, and should be provided with the resources needed to accomplish these tasks. (Contains 3 figures and 2 tables.)
California Postsecondary Education Commission. 770 L Street Suite 1160, Sacramento, CA 95814. Tel: 916-322-9268; Fax: 916-327-4417; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Postsecondary Education Commission
Identifiers - Location: California