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California Competes: Higher Education for a Strong Economy
The rudderless ship that is California higher education would receive some much needed leadership under legislation introduced by State Senator Carol Liu (Pasadena). SB 42 would create a California Commission on Higher Education Performance and Accountability that would: ...READ MORE

Posted: 03-24-15

California Black students attend for-profit colleges more than UC or CSU
As access to higher education for minorities continues to be an underlying diversity concern, Constance Iloh looks forward to her new role as assistant professor of higher education at the University of California, Irvine. ...READ MORE

Posted: 03-24-15

Graduate! Tool Kit: A Community Guide to College Access and Completion
The Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships (CFBNP) at the U.S. Department of Education is pleased to share this comprehensive step-by-step guide to the college enrollment and financial aid process for high school students. ...READ MORE

Posted: 03-24-15

Federal Student Loan Balance Data by State
Estimated Outstanding Balance and Number of Borrowers with Outstanding Direct Loan or FFEL Loan as of Jan. 2015, by State. ...READ MORE

Posted: 03-24-15

Napolitano Says ‘We Don’t Have to Listen to This Crap’ as Half-Naked Students Protest Potential UC Tuition Hikes
SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — University of California President Janet Napolitano remarked to a fellow regent that they "didn’t have to listen to this crap" as underwear-clad protesters denounced potential tuition hikes during a meeting Wednesday in San Francisco. ...READ MORE

Posted: 03-24-15

Rash of violence, missing woman have Cal State San Bernardino students on edge
After a string of violent attacks at Cal State San Bernardino and the mysterious disappearance of a woman just off campus, freshman Stephanie Garibo decided pepper spray just wasn't enough. ...READ MORE

Posted: 03-24-15

US and Mexico sign deal for higher education, innovation and research
Mexico and the United States signed a memo of understanding March 16 to create a Program of Professional Practices between both nations. ...READ MORE

Posted: 03-24-15

Cal State is tightening admissions criteria to control demand
Diego Aguilar Avila enrolled in Cal State Northridge last fall, and the freshman says he's lucky to have gotten in when he did. ...READ MORE

Posted: 03-24-15

Bill aiming to increase number of Cal Grants issued passes through Assembly committee
A bill aiming to increase the number of Cal Grants issued — from 22,500 to more than 100,000 — passed unanimously through the state Assembly’s Higher Education Committee on Tuesday. ...READ MORE

Posted: 03-24-15

Gates Foundation: Postsecondary Success Advocacy Priorities
The nation’s postsecondary education system faces a convergence of powerful and challenging forces. One is economic, as the demand for more and different credentials beyond high school continues to rise, testing the capacity of existing providers. ...READ MORE

Posted: 03-24-15

Crossing State Lines: Historic Transfer Agreement between California Community College Chancellor’s Office and HBCUs
California’s 112-campus community college system is making it easier for graduates to attend historically black colleges and universities across the country. ...READ MORE

Posted: 03-24-15

The Impact of Free Tuition
Tennessee's free community college program is exceeding expectations. Demand remains high and the state's completion rates for federal aid applications are up, which is putting colleges on notice about a likely influx of students. ...READ MORE

Posted: 03-24-15

Sacramento State pays $123,000 to settle lawsuit alleging harassment by president’s son
Sacramento State has agreed to pay an employee $123,000 to settle a lawsuit alleging he was sexually harassed by the university president’s son. ...READ MORE

Posted: 03-24-15

California Senate rededicates hearing room to women senators
The state Senate skipped last week’s Women of the Year festivities, but it has its own honor planned for Women’s History Month: a rededication of the Rose Ann Vuich Hearing Room, named for the Central Valley Democrat who became the first woman elected to the California Senate in 1976. ...READ MORE

Posted: 03-24-15

Mills College fights back in a tough era for women’s schools
The sudden announcement this month that a century-old women’s college in rural Virginia called Sweet Briar will go out of business this summer has shocked students, faculty and others in the shrinking world of single-gender liberal arts colleges — and raises questions about the future of its Bay Area counterpart, Mills College in Oakland. ...READ MORE

Posted: 03-24-15

Obama administration will create student loan complaint system, centralized payments for borrowers
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration announced Tuesday that it plans to create a centralized complaint system for federal student loan borrowers as well as a single Web site where they can manage their loan payments. ...READ MORE

Posted: 03-24-15

Assembly leader Toni Atkins denies conflict of interest in funds proposal
When Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins proposed recently that the state provide $500 million for apartments for low-income Californians, she ignited criticism that such a program could benefit her spouse, whose consulting firm specializes in affordable housing. ...READ MORE

Posted: 03-24-15

20 Year Return on Investment for Public and Private Colleges
Return On Investment Over 20 Years Per Dollar Spent On Education. See the top 10 private and public schools cost of education and return on investment over 20 years per dollar spent on education. ...READ MORE

Posted: 03-24-15

Mapping the Future of Higher Education
Wouldn't it be great if we had a complete map that shows the future of Higher Education? Instead, it seems like each one of us is holding only a tiny fragment of that map, and we're trying desperately to make sense of what's on the horizon by piecing together an understanding based only on that fragment. ...READ MORE

Posted: 03-24-15

FAIR LOANS FOR ALL:
President Barack Obama today plans to unveil a "Student Aid Bill of Rights" stating that everyone should be able to access and pay for quality higher education. An accompanying Presidential Memorandum contains several directives to federal agencies that officials say will make loan repayment easier and more equitable. ...READ MORE

Posted: 03-10-15

Still at a disadvantage
Throwing another wrench into the belief that higher education is the great equalizer, a new paper suggests that African-American graduates from elite institutions do only as well in getting jobs as white candidates from less-selective institutions. ...READ MORE

Posted: 03-10-15

U.S. weighs whether to relieve loan debt for for-profit college’s student borrowers
The Obama administration, under pressure from Congressional Democrats and consumer advocates, is deciding whether to relieve the debt of some federal student loan borrowers who attended Corinthian Colleges. ...READ MORE

Posted: 03-10-15

Student Loans and the Federal Reserve on why they are a terrible investment
When thousands of taxpayer dollars pay for a worthless education, we all suffer. ...READ MORE

Posted: 03-10-15

As California university costs rise, college students tap food pantries
Thousands of California university students are seeking help each month from food banks and free meal programs as higher tuition and living costs squeeze their meager budgets. ...READ MORE

Posted: 03-10-15

California offers $50 million carrot for college innovation
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has made a habit of criticizing California's public colleges and universities for what he sees as a failure to adapt to the 21st century. Now he is putting the state's money where his mouth is. ...READ MORE

Posted: 03-10-15

Greg Sawyer Wins National Award
Sawyer will be recognized this week in Tampa, Florida as a 2015 Diamond Program Honoree at the annual convention of the American College Personnel Association (ACPA). ...READ MORE

Posted: 03-10-15

CI's VP for Student Affairs earns national association's top honor - an sward that gives to others
Camarillo, Calif., March 4, 2015 - Wm. Gregory Sawyer, Vice President for Student Affairs at CSU Channel Islands (CI), has received national recognition for his 35-year career as a mentor and student advocate, providing a genuine opportunity to "pay it forward". ...READ MORE

Posted: 03-10-15

Open Textbooks: The Billion Dollar Solution
According to the College Board, the average undergraduate student should budget between $1,200 and $1,300 for textbooks and supplies each year. That’s as much as 40% of tuition at a two-year community college and 13% at a four-year public institution. ...READ MORE

Posted: 03-02-15

Bill targets CSU’s ‘believe it or not’ edit
SACRAMENTO In Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist, a judge tells the henpecked Mr. Bumble the law assumes that his wife is under his control. “If the law supposes that,” he replied, “the law is a(n) ass — a(n) idiot.” Mr. Bumble’s retort popularized the “law is an ass” phrase, which still is widely used whenever a law defies common sense. ...READ MORE

Posted: 03-02-15

Financial Aid for Undocumented Students is Losing its Stigma
For years, it was information shared only in whispers. Undocumented students, bright and educated, wanted to go to college, and a precious few universities were willing, very quietly, to help them pay for it. ...READ MORE

Posted: 03-02-15

Traditional college degrees could face ‘serious competition” as online ‘micro degrees’ emerge, website reports
Online education firms are beefing up its course offerings that might pose a threat to the traditional college degree, according to the Brookings Institution's Techtank. ...READ MORE

Posted: 03-02-15

For Asian Americans, a changing landscape of college admissions
In a windowless classroom at an Arcadia tutoring center, parents crammed into child-sized desks and dug through their pockets and purses for pens as Ann Lee launches a PowerPoint presentation. ...READ MORE

Posted: 03-02-15

Blurring the Nonprofit/For-Profit Divide
It used to be simple. For decades, providers of higher education were either nonprofit (the vast majority, public or private) or for-profit, sometimes massive, like the University of Phoenix, and more commonly the nearby business or trade school. ...READ MORE

Posted: 03-02-15

Corinthian'Debt Strike'
Since the chaotic dismantling of Corinthian Colleges first began last summer, a key issue has been whether the for-profit education company’s current and former students will have their loans forgiven. ...READ MORE

Posted: 03-02-15

Don’t forget about private colleges in higher education debate
California faces both a tremendous challenge and an exciting opportunity to ensure that every academically qualified student has access to a higher education. ...READ MORE

Posted: 03-02-15

Corinthian: Good news, Bad News
Corinthian Colleges Inc. got a reprieve from the California Student Aid Commission for one of its subsidiaries in the state, but its division in Canada filed for bankruptcy protection there after regulators closed the local campuses, according to news reports. ...READ MORE

Posted: 03-02-15

Corinthian: Closed in Canada, Compromise in California
Canadian authorities have shut down the 14 Corinthian institutions in Canada, finding that they no longer had the right to be licensed in the country. Bloomberg reported that officials said the action was needed to protect current and prospective students. ...READ MORE

Posted: 03-02-15

Corinthian’s Heald Schools Won’t Get California Student Aid Until April
The California Student Aid Commission voted Friday to continue withholding Cal Grant award payments for students attending Corinthian Colleges Inc.'s Heald College schools, but will release the roughly $12 million in awards at the end of April ...READ MORE

Posted: 03-02-15

California Suspends Student Aid to Corinthian’s Heald College Chain
The California Student Aid Commission has halted funding for Heald College after the for-profit chain failed to provide required documents demonstrating that it is financially stable. ...READ MORE

Posted: 03-02-15

Corinthian’s Heald Schools Won’t Get California Student Aid Until April
The California Student Aid Commission voted Friday to continue withholding Cal Grant award payments for students attending Corinthian Colleges Inc.’s Heald College schools, but will release the roughly $3.5 million in awards at the end of April, effectively paying after the term is completed, as opposed to before as is normal. The commission’s action will likely terminate Heald’s eligibility at that time. ...READ MORE

Posted: 02-23-15

Help for college financial aid process
NORTH COUNTY - Help is on the horizon for parents and high school students trying to navigate the world of college financial aid.The California Student Aid Commission, with the Escondido Union High School District, is hosting two "Cash for College" workshops to provide free assistance with applications for federal financial student aid and the DREAM Act. The workshops are geared toward high school seniors and their parents or guardians. ...READ MORE

Posted: 02-23-15

Heald College gets temporary reprieve in student aid dispute
A week after halting Scholarship payments to Heald College because of concerns over its financial health, the California Student Aid Commission offered the troubled for - profit chain a temporary reprieve Friday. ...READ MORE

Posted: 02-23-15

Heald College’s Cal Grant cutoff temporary: CEO promises not to charge students
Students relying on state tuition grants to pay for their education at Heald College got a scare last week when they learned California had suspended Cal Grant payments to the for-profit career college because of its parent company's shaky finances. ...READ MORE

Posted: 02-23-15

State halts payments to Heald
SACRAMENTO - California has suspended Cal Grants payments to 10 Heald College campuses. ...READ MORE

Posted: 02-20-15

Cal Grants halted for Heald College Students
More than a million dollars targeted for Heald College students who receive the Cal Grant Scholarship Award was halted Friday by the state’s Student Aid Commission. ...READ MORE

Posted: 02-20-15

Cal Grants halted for Heald College Students
More than a million dollars targeted for Heald College students who receive the Cal Grant Scholarship Award was halted Friday by the state’s Student Aid Commission. ...READ MORE

Posted: 02-20-15

Cal Grants halted at 10 Heald College Campuses
Cal Grant awards at 10 Heald College campuses were halted Friday after the embattled college failed to submit the required financial documents to state regulators, officials said. ...READ MORE

Posted: 02-20-15

AP: California Halts Student Grants at 10 Heald Colleges
California has suspended Cal Grants payments to 10 Heald College campuses.The move will affect 4,497 Cal Grant Awarded students in Heald locations in Roseville, Stockton, Modesto, Concord, Fresno, Rancho Cordova, Hayward, Milpitas, Salinas and San Francisco. ...READ MORE

Posted: 02-20-15

Commission suspends Cal Grant payments to Heald College students
Students who attend Heald College in California and receive Cal Grants administered by the California Student Aid Commission have had payments halted. ...READ MORE

Posted: 02-20-15

California halts student grants for 10 for-profit colleges
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California has suspended Cal Grants payments to 10 Heald College campuses. ...READ MORE

Posted: 02-20-15

California halts Heald College tuition grants for students
California has suspended state tuition grants for thousands of students attending one of the Corinthian-owned Heald College campuses because of the company's precarious finances, the student aid commission announced Friday. ...READ MORE

Posted: 02-20-15

California Cuts Corinthian Subsidiary Off from Aid Payments
The commission that administers California’s college financial aid program has stopped paying a subsidiary for-profit college chain owned by financially troubled Corinthian Colleges. ...READ MORE

Posted: 02-20-15

California Halts Grants for Students at Corinthian’s Heald College Campuses
Nearly 4,500 students at California campuses of the for-profit Heald College chain operated by the beleaguered Corinthian Colleges, Inc. have been notified they won’t be receiving state grants to help finance their education because school administrators failed to provide financial statements to state regulators. ...READ MORE

Posted: 02-20-15

Cal Grants Suspended for Thousands of Students at Troubled Heald College
Around 4,500 students at 10 Heald College campuses in California won’t be getting their Cal Grant awards in a timely fashion, or at all, after their school failed to submit the proper paperwork to the state on time. ...READ MORE

Posted: 02-20-15

Corinthian Cal Grants Stayed
A unit of Santa Ana-based Corinthian Colleges Inc. has had $1 million in Cal Grant payments to students held up after it failed to file required documents that show financial and administrative stability, a news report said. ...READ MORE

Posted: 02-20-15

The Chronicle of Higher Education: California halts State Grants for Students at Corinthian’s Heald College
The California Student Aid Commission has halted state-tuition grants known as Cal Grants to students attending Heald College campuses of the troubled for-profit educator Corinthian Colleges Inc., The Wall Street Journal reported. ...READ MORE

Posted: 02-20-15

Inside Higher Education: California suspends Student Aid to Heald College Chain
The California Student Aid Commission has suspended state student aid for those enrolled at the 10 California campuses of the for-profit Heald College chain, The Sacramento Bee reported. ...READ MORE

Posted: 02-20-15

California Halts Grants to Corinthian’s Heald Students
SACRAMENTO (CBS13) Corinthian Colleges is already in deep financial trouble, and now it is facing another big hit as the California Student Aid commission announced it is halting all Cal Grant awards to 10 Heald colleges. ...READ MORE

Posted: 02-20-15

California Halts Grants to Corinthian’s Heald Students
The California Student Aid Commission said it has halted Cal Grant award payments for students attending Corinthian Colleges Inc.'s Heald College campuses, after administrators for the 10 California locations failed to provide the commission with updated, audited financial statements. ...READ MORE

Posted: 02-20-15

FAFSA Simplification/The Battle Over the "Wisconsin Idea"
On our Feb. 13 program, Justin Draeger of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, Kristin Conklin of HCM Strategists, and Kim Cook of the National College Access Network discuss proposals to simplify the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. ...READ MORE

Posted: 02-20-15

Policy Makers Push FAFSA Simplification Colleges and States Worry About Lost Data
It seems, all of a sudden, that there’s a rush among policy makers in Washington to chop off questions from the 108-question Free Application for Federal Student Aid, known as the FAFSA. ...READ MORE

Posted: 02-20-15

When colleges use veterans as pawns
For-profit colleges that burden students with crippling debt - often while giving them useless credentials in return - are luring veterans who receive G.I. Bill benefits to take advantage of a loophole in federal law. ...READ MORE

Posted: 02-20-15

Should UC system’s out-of-state students pay even more?
Pennsylvania resident Amy Shao enrolled at UCLA last year knowing that she would pay a steep $23,000 more for tuition than her classmates who grew up in California. ...READ MORE

Posted: 02-20-15

UC Student Association passes no confidence resolution in Gov. Jerry Brown
During its Sunday meeting, the University of California Student Association unanimously voted to pass a resolution expressing no confidence in Gov. Jerry Brown. ...READ MORE

Posted: 02-20-15

PPIC: Higher Education & California’s Future
California's higher education system is not keeping up with the changing economy. Projections suggest that the state's economy will continue to need more highly educated workers. ...READ MORE

Posted: 02-20-15

Flip Side of Reducing Student Debt is Increasing the Federal Deficit
How much should American taxpayers pay to rescue students from an avalanche of debt? ...READ MORE

Posted: 02-20-15

California Assembly to apply zero-based budgeting to UC budget
When he was inaugurated for his fourth term last month, Gov. Jerry Brown pointedly noted that California students should not have to be "the default financiers of our colleges and universities." He's right - especially when you consider the financial burdens placed on students and their families in recent years. ...READ MORE

Posted: 02-20-15

CALIFORNIA STUDENT AID COMMISSION IMMDIATELY HALTS ALL CAL GRANT AWARD PAYMENTS TO 10 HEALD COLLEGE CAMPUSES
SACRAMENTO - (2015) - Acting to protect students and state taxpayer funds, the California Student Aid Commission today suspended Cal Grants payments to 10 Heald College campuses including: Roseville, Stockton, Modesto, Concord, Fresno, Rancho Cordova, Hayward, Milpitas, San Francisco and Salinas. Approximately $1 million in payments have been suspended which represents approximately 4,497 Cal Grant Awarded students. ...READ MORE

Posted: 02-14-15

Student Success Fee changes approved
The California State University Board of Trustees approved an overhaul on student success fees on Wednesday. ...READ MORE

Posted: 02-10-15

California lawmakers propose work-study program exclusively for illegal immigrants
California lawmakers have proposed a work-study program exclusively for illegal aliens enrolled at University of California and California State Universities. ...READ MORE

Posted: 02-10-15

FAFSA Completion Numbers Now Available via Updated Tool
We’ve updated our FAFSA Completion Tool! Back in March of 2012, ED’s Office of Federal Student Aid (FSA) announced the release of this innovative tool to help guidance professionals, school administrators, and practitioners track and subsequently increase FAFSA completions at high schools across the country. ...READ MORE

Posted: 02-10-15

In FAFSA Simplification, Complexity
It seems, all of a sudden, that there’s a rush among policy makers in Washington to chop off questions from the 108-question Free Application for Federal Student Aid, known as the FAFSA. ...READ MORE

Posted: 02-10-15

College education gap widens widens for rich and poor
Students from wealthy families today are more likely to go to college and finish their degrees than they were decades ago. But lower-income students are not experiencing the same trend -- highlighting once again the growing divide between rich and poor Americans. ...READ MORE

Posted: 02-10-15

Landon Dickey Joins Dickey Joins District Leadership to Help Improve Outcomes
January 27, 2015 (San Francisco) - After a national search, San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) Superintendent Richard A. Carranza has hired Landon Dickey, an SFUSD and Harvard Business School graduate, to serve as his Special Assistant for African American Achievement and Leadership. ...READ MORE

Posted: 02-10-15

Consulate General of Mexico Hosts Steps to College 2015
SACRAMENTO, Calif., Feb. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Steps to College 2015 takes place on Saturday, February 7, 2015, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Consulate General of Mexico in Sacramento, located at 2093 Arena Boulevard, in the Natomas neighborhood of Sacramento. ...READ MORE

Posted: 02-10-15

El Consulado General de México es la sede de Pasos a la Universidad (Steps to College) de 2015
SACRAMENTO, California, 3 de febrero de 2015 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ Pasos a la Universidad (Steps to College) de 2015 tiene lugar el sábado 7 de febrero de 2015, de 8:00 a.m. a 4:00 p.m., en el Consulado General de México en Sacramento, situado en 2093 Arena Boulevard, en el barrio Natomas de Sacramento. ...READ MORE

Posted: 02-10-15

New Fee Added for California State University Students
The California State University board of trustees has approved a new, voluntary charge to support operations of the statewide student association. ...READ MORE

Posted: 02-10-15

What will bachelor’s degrees from community colleges be worth?
When 15 California community colleges received preliminary approval to offer four-year degrees recently, officials touted the move as a way to provide highly trained workers at a lower cost, especially for technical jobs in fields such as medicine and dentistry. ...READ MORE

Posted: 02-10-15

When Colleges use Veterans as Pawns (OpEd)
For-profit colleges that burden students with crippling debt often while giving them useless credentials in return are luring veterans who receive G.I. Bill benefits to take advantage of a loophole in federal law. ...READ MORE

Posted: 02-10-15

Interactive: Poverty Rates by California Legislative District
Poverty in California and what else the state should do to reduce it has emerged as a top issue early in the months-long budget process. ...READ MORE

Posted: 02-10-15

The 2016 Budget: Improving Opportunity and Affordability in Higher Education
Over the past six years, thanks to the hard work and determination of our country’s workers and businesses, our economy is recovering and continues to grow. The steps that President Obama has taken to promote middle-class economics are working—but there’s more progress to be made. ...READ MORE

Posted: 02-10-15

Running for High Office Without Higher Education
WASHINGTON Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin has buzz. He has impressed conservative activists in Des Moines and is the front-runner for likely Republican Iowa caucus-goers, according to a Bloomberg Politics-Des Moines Register poll published over the weekend. ...READ MORE

Posted: 02-10-15

State bill proposed to help certain undocumented students obtain work-study
A law that would provide state funding for certain undocumented students who don’t qualify for work-study opportunities under federal law was introduced in the state legislature Thursday. ...READ MORE

Posted: 02-10-15

VA reform bill congress provides student vets state tuition
WASHINGTON -- In passing a compromise piece of legislation aimed at reforming the Department of Veterans Affairs, the U.S. Senate on Thursday also approved a new benefit for student veterans and their families. ...READ MORE

Posted: 02-10-15

Obama wants to cut 27 questions from the much-hated FAFSA
Students are required to complete a FAFSA form -- the Free Application for Federal Student Aid -- in order to get aid from the federal and local governments. ...READ MORE

Posted: 02-02-15

Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance
Reauthorized through FY2015 by the higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 with major changes in five areas: ...READ MORE

Posted: 02-02-15

Obama to Drop Proposal to End ‘529' College Savings Plans
WASHINGTON - President Obama, facing angry reprisals from parents and from lawmakers of both parties, will drop his proposal to effectively end the popular college savings accounts known as 529s, but will keep an expanded tuition tax credit at the center of his college access plan, White House officials said Tuesday. ...READ MORE

Posted: 02-02-15

As Brown and Napolitano Meet, a Look Back at UC's Historic Autonomy
PRESIDENT OBAMA's domestic agenda, which he announced in his State of the Union address this month, has a lot to like: health care, maternity leave, affordable college. But there was one thing he got wrong. ...READ MORE

Posted: 02-02-15

Can students Have Too Much Tech?
PRESIDENT OBAMA's domestic agenda, which he announced in his State of the Union address this month, has a lot to like: health care, maternity leave, affordable college. But there was one thing he got wrong. ...READ MORE

Posted: 02-02-15

How Student Debt Harms the Economy
To the growing catalog of damage caused by the decades-long run-up in the cost of higher education, we may have to add another casualty. ...READ MORE

Posted: 02-02-15

University of California Doubles Down on Open-Access
The University of California's publishing arm, UC Press, this week (January 20) announced plans to roll out two new open-access (OA) publishing programs that it said will "benefit authors and the entire academic community." ...READ MORE

Posted: 02-02-15

Golden Scholars: Improving graduation rates at the University of California, the Berkeley Global Campus, and UC Berkeley’s Campanile celebrates its 100th
The University of California looks at ways to improve graduation rates, more on the Berkeley Global Campus, and UC Berkeley celebrates the 100th birthday of a treasured landmark and iconic icon. ...READ MORE

Posted: 02-02-15

CSU Collaborates with African American Churches to Boost College Access
This February the California State University system will again partner with African American churches across California for CSU Super Sunday in an effort to improve educational outcomes for historically underserved populations. ...READ MORE

Posted: 02-02-15

Chancellor Timothy P. White to deliver 'State of CSU' address; student fees on trustee's agenda
LONG BEACH - Student graduation rates, state budget issues and other topics will be discussed Tuesday in Cal State University Chancellor Timothy P. White's State of the CSU speech. ...READ MORE

Posted: 02-02-15

Opinion: Brown aims for reform of colleges
As he began his first governorship 40 years ago, Jerry Brown told an interviewer that one of his goals was educational reform. "I'm going to starve the schools financially until I get some educational reforms," Brown said. ...READ MORE

Posted: 02-02-15

Students need more than smarts for higher education
It takes more than intelligence and ambition to make the grade in college today. It also takes money -- lots of it. ...READ MORE

Posted: 02-02-15

Financial Aid Season is Here
It’s time to fill out those financial aid forms and Diana Fuentes-Michel, executive director of the California student aid commission says it might be easier than you think. ...See Video Here

Posted: 02-02-15

Cash for College
KCRA and Cash for College with staff from the California Student Aid Commission and a team of volunteers are answering questions on getting financial help for college students ...See Video Here

Posted: 02-02-15

First of student aid application workshops at CSUSB on Tuesday
SAN BERNARDINO - A series of workshops to help students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, as well as other related steps as they apply for aid for the 2015-16 school year, will be held at Cal State San Bernardino over the next two months, with the first workshop Tuesday evening. ...READ MORE

Posted: 02-02-15

The University of California will need to find $100 million more than Brown allotted in budget plan to avoid implementing tuition increase
Governor Jerry Brown released a $164.7 billion proposed state budget plan for the fiscal year 2015-2016 on Friday, which includes the $120 million increase for the University of California system he committed to in 2011, but not the $100 million the UC Regents said would be necessary to avoid tuition increases approved in November. ...READ MORE

Posted: 02-02-15

Workshops will help students apply for financial aid for college
A series of workshops to help students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, as well as other related steps as they apply for aid for the 2015-2016 school year, will be held at Cal State San Bernardino over the next month. ...READ MORE

Posted: 02-02-15

Interactive: Poverty rates by California legislative district
Poverty in California and what else the state should do to reduce it has emerged as a top issue early in the months-long budget process. ...READ MORE

Posted: 02-02-15

Cuomo to Offer Plan to Cut College Graduates'
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo will propose legislation to ease the debt burden of thousands of college graduates, an administration official said. ...READ MORE

Posted: 02-02-15

Support our Students
All college commencements are happy, but community-college commencements are the happiest of all. Many of the graduates are the first in their extended family to have earned degrees. ...READ MORE

Posted: 02-02-15

New crop of young leaders emerges in Sacramento
For far too long, Sacramento was known as a city whose leaders were seemingly against everything and where nothing ever changed. It is time we retire that way of thinking forever. ...READ MORE

Posted: 02-02-15

Despite Tuition Hike, University of California Gets Record Number of Applicants
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The threat of higher tuition is not keeping prospective students from applying to the University of California in record numbers, UC officials said. ...READ MORE

Posted: 02-02-15

Official: California Governor Plans Record $113B Budget
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) California Gov. Jerry Brown plans to unveil a record $113 billion state spending plan on Friday that gives schools a boost and pays debt but sets up a higher-education showdown by rejecting the University of California's demand for more money to avert tuition hikes, a government official said. ...READ MORE

Posted: 01-26-15

White House Unveils America's College Promise Proposal: Tuition-Free Community College for Responsible Students
Nearly a century ago, a movement that made high school widely available helped lead to rapid growth in the education and skills training of Americans, driving decades of economic growth and prosperity. ...READ MORE

Posted: 01-26-15

California readies for 900 new laws
SACRAMENTO New Year’s Day will usher in hundreds of new laws in California, including a landmark law that allows undocumented individuals to receive a driver’s license. ...READ MORE

Posted: 01-26-15

The Hidden Student-Debt Bomb
It is time to re-evaluate how we measure the performance of student-loan programs particularly whether borrowers are or are not meeting their obligations. ...READ MORE

Posted: 01-26-15

Higher Learning: Many college students err on cost of education
Kevin Kou knows exactly how much he is paying to attend UCLA this year: $5,700, not counting federal and state grants, says the first-year student from Baldwin Hills. He recently checked the amount after logging onto a UCLA website. ...READ MORE

Posted: 01-26-15

Editorial: U.S. should try again on its college ratings system
The Obama administration has taken on the admirable but tricky task of rating colleges based on real-life factors that might matter the most to working families. ...READ MORE

Posted: 01-26-15

Move to simplify federal student aid application form gains traction
Donnaldo Escobedo knows that the key to his future lies in college and that the key to college lies in obtaining financial aid. ...READ MORE

Posted: 01-26-15

Why You Should Fill Out the FAFSA
The average student loan debt hovers near $30,000, and graduating from college this deep in the red is a tough way to begin adult life. Filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, a government form that streamlines the college financial aid process, is a must if you want to qualify for assistance and reduce your student loan burden. ...READ MORE

Posted: 01-26-15

Janet Napolitano pushes UC to front line of California budget battle
Last month, University of California President Janet Napolitano broadsided Gov. Jerry Brown with a threat to raise tuition by more than a quarter over the next five years unless UC receives more money from the state. ...READ MORE

Posted: 01-26-15

Colleges' New Aid Target: the Middle Class
As soaring college costs saddle more students with debt, colleges are increasingly earmarking aid for students who can fall through the cracks of existing programs: those who aren’t from poor families, can’t necessarily maintain a 4.0 GPA or hit a three-pointer at the buzzer. ...READ MORE

Posted: 01-26-15

Questions on state’s Middle Class Scholarships program
Today I have answers to questions on California’s new Middle Class Scholarship program, deducting management fees on an individual retirement account and whether a home in a trust is reassessed for property taxes when it passes to a spouse or child. ...READ MORE

Posted: 01-26-15

UC’s enrollment guarantee gives students an education to fall back on
Aimee Ruiz was panicked. The four UC campuses she applied to had rejected her. Two private colleges had accepted her but not offered enough financial aid. She considered taking a year off school to work and save money. ...READ MORE

Posted: 01-26-15

California is bracing for 900 new laws
SACRAMENTO New Year’s Day will usher in hundreds of new laws in California, including a landmark law that allows undocumented individuals to receive a driver’s license. ...READ MORE

Posted: 01-26-15

New California State Laws Going into Effect in 2015
New Years means new laws go into effect, about 900 in all, here are some that we think may interest you: ...READ MORE

Posted: 01-26-15