Despite low tuition, California college students take on debt for other costs

C■ By Nico Savidge / EDSOURCE alifornia colleges and the state’s financial aid system have done a good job of keeping tuition costs manageable, but other expenses such as housing, food and textbooks are pushing students into debt and hurting their ability to go to college. That’s the conclusion the Institute for College Access and Success drew from interviews on college affordability with 22 higher education experts across California. The institute’s report, released Thursday, recommends the state provide greater and more broadly focused financial aid to cover non-tuition costs, and make more aid available to non-traditional students. (To read the full report, visit ) The commission estimates average non-tuition costs

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