The Cal State Student Association, in collaboration with The Institute for College Access & Success (TICAS), is proud to present its first-ever research report, “Where Debt Comes Due at CSU: Unequal Debt Burdens Among California State University Graduates.” The report finds that low-income students and students of color are disproportionately paying the price. Nearly 8 out of every 10 CSU students who graduated with student loan debt had family incomes no greater than $54,000, and three-quarters (76%) of African-American graduates left CSU with debt compared to 47 percent of their White peers. The findings of the report suggest that current financial aid resources don’t stretch far enough to account for students’ total costs of attendance beyond tuition, and highlights the need for the State of California and the federal government to strengthen need-based aid programs to better support students. Read the full report below.
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