More Aid For Older And Homeless Students In California’s Higher Education Budget

Buoyed by a flush state surplus, California lawmakers agreed Thursday on a state budget that will expand enrollment at the state’s higher education systems, keep tuition flat and particularly help older college students with tuition and living costs.

In addition, $4 million will be available to study the possible construction of two new campuses in the California State University system, which currently has 23.

The new state budget’s plans for higher education follow many of the recommendations that Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled in January when he presented his first budget since being elected governor, including no tuition increases. In some instances, such as aid to homeless and hungry students, the Legislature provided even more than the governor originally proposed.

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