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.”

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