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Additional investment and action needed to make college truly accessible for all Californians
California Community Colleges Interim Chancellor Daisy Gonzales talks about expanding access, equity, and affordability across the 116-campus system.
The high cost of college is a challenge for a wide cross section of Americans, but working-class families and people of color, particularly African Americans and Latinos, are getting hit the hardest. We are working to reduce the financial barriers to a college degree and the opportunities that come with it.
The rising costs of attending college are threatening that legacy. In a state where the cost of living for college students has increased by over 80% in the past 40 years, students are choosing between eating and staying in school. Across California, African American and Latino students are more likely than their white peers to have to borrow to pay for their college education and in larger amounts. It’s time to restore the promise and the possibility of higher education as an important equalizer and the engine of a thriving democracy.
We are working to restore and strengthen the promise of a college degree. We’re supporting efforts to:
In addition to this work, the Haas, Jr. Fund continues to collaborate with longtime partners to support young people to find pathways to success in college and beyond. We are working with:
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.Nelson Mandela