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CSU, UC Tuition Hikes Put Spotlight On College Affordability

Students are shown walking on the campus of San Diego State University,  May ...

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Above: Students are shown walking on the campus of San Diego State University, May 7, 2008.

CSU, UC Tuition Hikes Put Spotlight On College Affordability Issue

GUEST:

Lupita Cortez Alcalá, executive director, California Student Aid Commission

Transcript

After several years of tuition freezes, the cost of going to a public university in California is going up again.

Last week, the California State University Board of Trustees approved a 5 percent tuition hike and earlier this year, the University of California regents approved a 2.5 percent increase.

Both university systems said they have not been allocated enough money from the state to offset rising costs.

At the same time, students continue to rack up debt. Americans now owe more than $1.3 trillion in student loan debt.

What’s being done to make going to a California public university more affordable? And can a new plan to help students graduate debt-free gain traction in the state legislature?

Lupita Cortez Alcalá, executive director of the California Student Aid Commission, discussed the college affordability crisis, Wednesday on Midday Edition.

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