California college students have been very upset the last couple years as tuition and fees are on the rise, but at the same time classes are also being cut. Recently the California Postsecondary Education Commission reported that many California colleges and universities are still a good bargain, in comparison to other states. This data, showing that other colleges across the U.S. are comparably priced, is not helping the frustrations that many college students in California are feeling as they struggle to pay for classes and graduate on time. Students across the state recently protested, showing their passion for higher education, and a hope for it to become affordable and accessible to those who want to go to college. Legislators are working to correct the budget issues which California colleges are facing, but they have serious issues which they need to fix to get things on the right path.
There are a couple key things which this report from the California Postsecondary Education Commission did not factor in, and those variables are what makes the college process so tough right now in the state. The biggest issue is that classes are being reduced so that students cannot graduate in a timely fashion as they intended. So if they had a road map to graduate in four years it may now take most students in California 4.5 or 5 years to complete their bachelors degree. This extra time at college is often not supported well by grants, so students usually have to pay out of pocket or get loans to finish their degree. Outside of that issue, California is also one of the most expensive states to live in the country. Thi is especially true in cities like San Diego and San Francisco which are very expensive, so every cent counts for students in those cities trying to attend college. Student protests and demonstrations are excepted to continue until a strong plan can be put forth that will correct this downward spiral that California colleges are experiencing.