Clear language helps students navigate financial aid, study finds

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A study released this month found that clearer language can make accessing financial aid easier and more accessible for high school students.

Financial aid letters with simplified language and modified content can encourage high school students to complete a key step in the financial aid process, according to a study released this month from the California Policy Lab and The People Lab at UC Berkeley.
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‘Tipping point’: Study finds UC system cannot grow without more state funding

The study catalogued the history of UC revenue sources and expenditures over its 150 year history across 10 campuses, noting its reliance on state funding from 1900 through the 1990s. Beginning in the early 1990s, however, per student state revenue started to decrease “dramatically,” while total enrollment grew with the California population from 166,500 to 273,000 students enrolled today.
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