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Without state funding, UC left with no good options

The UC system is in a financial quandary. For years, the state’s per-student funding has fallen. That’s forced the university to pick its choice of three unique pills, each saddled with its share of negative side effects: slash the budget, raise tuition or find money elsewhere. The university has avoided
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Leaders of CA colleges, universities urge Congress to expand Pell Grant program

In 2011, before economic insecurity brought an end to year-round Pell Grants, more than 13,500 UC students received $18 million in Pell Grant aid to cover their summer sessions, according to the UC Pell Grant Fact Sheet. The Pell program now has a funding surplus, and advocates believe that the program can be expanded to help students finance their summer studies while ensuring its financial stability in the future.
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Obama protects students

Chances are if you’re reading this, you have student loan debt. You may have a federal subsidized or unsubsidized loan, a loan through your school or your parents may have even taken out a plus loan to help cover the costs of your education. Between my younger brother and I,
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Race versus class

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Progressives are bracing for a devastating defeat in the Supreme Court’s upcoming ruling on the affirmative action case Fisher v. University of Texas. If the justices restrict race-based affirmative action, they will “erase 50 years of progress,” one activist declared in The Nation. That’s an overstatement, but there is wide
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Letter to the editor: Nov. 16

Tuition supports financial aid  The Daily Californian’s Nov. 13 op-ed “Tuition rollbacks will not hurt financial aid” presents an inaccurate impression of financial aid assistance provided by UC Berkeley. A review of the facts makes clear that funds from tuition provide a critical source of funding for students receiving financial
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House Republicans propose changes to Pell Grants, student loans

Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives released a 2013 budget proposal Tuesday which included suggested changes to federal Pell Grants and student loan accounting. The budget proposal, which was authored by Chairman of the House Budget Committee Paul Ryan, proposes changes that would limit the growth of federal financial aid,
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The University of California and ‘The Reproduction of Privilege’

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On Monday, The New York Times’ Thomas B. Edsall made a compelling argument that the role of American higher education has been inverted over the last few decades: During the post-World War II economic expansion, college education served “as a springboard to social mobility,” but today it largely reinforces class
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