A (Barely) Possible Dream

The Department of Education has released a new Spanish-language video designed to appeal to Hispanic students and their families. According to a brief piece in Community College Times about the video, it “shows how going to college is attainable and affordable.”

Well, not nearly as attainable or affordable as it used to be. The woman featured in the video, Samantha Hernandez, a sophomore at California State University Dominguez Hills, a school that recently raised tuition 5 percent. It now costs a little over $5,000 a year to attend any of the Cal State campuses. That’s 39 percent higher than it was two years ago. The average student leaves CSUDH $7,946 in debt.

According to a recent article in the San Francisco Chronicle, it looks like Hernandez is one of the lucky ones. This year Cal State “has turned away thousands of qualified students, cut courses and imposed furloughs on all employees amounting to a 10 percent pay cut.”

Washington Monthly - Donate today and your gift will be doubled!

Support Nonprofit Journalism

If you enjoyed this article, consider making a donation to help us produce more like it. The Washington Monthly was founded in 1969 to tell the stories of how government really works—and how to make it work better. Fifty years later, the need for incisive analysis and new, progressive policy ideas is clearer than ever. As a nonprofit, we rely on support from readers like you.

Yes, I’ll make a donation

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer