An educational system that ensures every student has the chance to succeed is the key to broadening opportunity as well as to providing our state with the skilled, productive workforce necessary to drive long-term economic growth. By analyzing state spending and other policies related to K-12 schools, community colleges, and the state universities, the Budget Center highlights how California can strengthen its most basic investment in the state’s future and improve outcomes for all students, especially those who are disadvantaged.
Creating an Affordable-College Model for California
This report develops two models to estimate the cost of an affordable-college program in California which accounts for other college costs besides tuition, such as housing, food, and transportation.
5 Ways California’s Financial Aid Program Can Better Serve Students
This state budget season, policymakers will consider several proposals for reforming California’s financial aid system. This blog post highlights five ways that financial aid can be improved so that more students are served and aid is better targeted to students with the greatest need.
The Cost of College, Then and Now
This blog post shows that today’s college students face significantly higher costs than past generations at California’s public universities.