FROM Larry Gordon
Financial Aid for Middle-Class Students Middle-class students in California often find themselves caught between two financial realities: Their parents make too much money for them to get financial aid, but too little to pay much — or sometimes anything — for college. But now middle income students can catch a break, thanks to a new and unusual state program that offers aid to families who earn up to $150,000 a year. Larry Gordon writes about higher education for the Los Angeles Times.
Out-of-State Admissions at UC Continue to Rise Fifty-three years ago, the Master Plan for Higher Education promised that America's finest public university system would be available to California high school students who qualified. Affordability was part of the guarantee. Now, state funding has declined, tuition and fees have skyrocketed and more and more students from out of state are being accepted. Graduates of California high schools have a harder time getting in.
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