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For richer or for poorer

Broke in Berkeley

They came to me in the middle of the night. They were young and beautiful and dressed up like they were about to go out. I had about an hour’s warning, and their knock on the door was light so as to wake no one who wasn’t already up. When
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The failure to communicate

Broke in Berkeley

My best friend’s parents both went to Cal. Some of her earliest memories are of the Campanile and the Cal Band performances, and she was very excited to come visit me when I started here. When we were preparing to graduate from high school, her parents really wanted her to
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Protecting the middle class

UNIVERSITY ISSUES: Lawmakers’ failure to pass the Middle Class Scholarship Act this past weekend does a disservice to California students.

Students from middle-class families arguably feel the impact of escalating tuition at California public universities most noticeably. While wealthier individuals can continue to afford the cost of their children’s education, and financial aid, for the most part, can support lower-income students, more and more middle-income families cannot afford the cost
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Cal Grant funding could be decreased or cut

A proposal made by Gov. Jerry Brown in his May Revise could significantly decrease Cal Grant funding and leave some students without grant aid. Brown’s  recently published revised budget proposal — informally called the May Revise — proposes that eligibility for the Cal Grant be tied to eligibility for the Federal
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Student Debt Dude

One senior questions if degree was worth debt

Student faces uncertain future with about $29,000 that must be repaid

Navid Shaghaghi’s three undergraduate years at UC Berkeley featured a string of unique, successful experiences — he participated in the Occupy Cal and Open University movements, worked with faculty members to set up Earth Day activities, regularly reviewed academic papers with fellow members of the Philosophy Club and took classes
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