Affording college a top worry among California voters

College affordability is a top concern for voters throughout California, but the problem is most profound for African Americans, those living in rural areas of the state, and low-income students and families, according to a poll of 2,000 California voters by Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE) and the USC Rossier School of Education. A new PACE policy brief provides an in-depth and nuanced analysis of the poll results, says Cecilia Rios-Aguilar, an associate professor at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies and the lead author of the brief. She says the state should consider expanding financial aid programs to ensure that they’re reaching the families and students in areas of the state with the greatest need.

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