College affordability crucial for long-term growth, says California assemblyman

In today's challenging economic conditions, college affordability is one of the most important ways that communities can stay competitive. This is the message that Luis Alejo, assemblyman of California's 28th district, will promote at an event at Alisal High School in Salinas, reports The Californian.

Assemblyman Alejo will talk about college affordability and its importance to local communities in Salinas at the event. Only 12 percent of people in the area have any college education, and Alejo says that increasing access to community colleges and four-year schools is crucial for the region's economic recovery.

"For California's economy to continue its recovery, we need more college graduates, not less," Alejo wrote. "Now is the time for the state's leaders to come together and provide students with the tools and resources that can assist them in their education endeavors to succeed as the drivers of tomorrow's economy."

According to The New York Times, officials throughout the state are trying to come up with ways to make college more accessible in light of serious budget cuts. Some schools have raised tuition in order to make up for decreases in state funding.

Even though it can be expensive, filling out a college application and earning a degree can be a valuable investment in your future.

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