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.
California’s Undocumented Students Face Roadblocks on the Path to Higher Education
This blog post looks at the challenges that California’s undocumented college students face and how financial aid in our state falls short of adequately supporting their journey toward attaining a college degree. The post also provides a set of policy options for better assisting these students.
California’s College Promise: Moving Beyond the Call for Free College for All
This post discusses key considerations raised by the California College Promise program and why it’s important to move beyond the call for “free college for all” to approaches that are targeted to students most in need.
Demand for Cal Grants Among Nontraditional Students Far Exceeds Supply
Competitive Cal Grants help the state’s nontraditional college students pursue higher education. This Fact Sheet shows that the supply of these grants remains inadequate for covering the demand.