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ERIC Number: ED503107
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Who Can Afford it? How Rising Costs are Making College Unaffordable for Working Families. Commission Report 08-10
California Postsecondary Education Commission
This white paper looks at the way that rising college costs are affecting California families. Higher education in California has historically been guided by the principle that maintaining affordability is paramount to providing access to all students who desire a postsecondary education. However, over recent decades, eroding state funding for higher education has meant that more costs are passed on to students and their families in the form of increased fees. Fee increases, compounded by high costs of living in California, and income stagnation, have made paying for a college education impossible for many middle- and lower-income families. The Commission urges that California must curb the trend of educational and economic stratification, and reiterate the importance of affordable quality education to the state economy, and to provide a stepping-stone for people to earn incomes that will elevate overall quality of life for Californians. Commission staff will continue to examine issues of college affordability and the ability of families to pay costs according to income. (Contains 3 figures and 4 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 - Descriptive
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Postsecondary Education Commission
Identifiers - Location: California