SOLUTIONS FOR CERRITOS COLLEGE
WE ADDRESS FUNDING GAPS
Although the California Community College system (CCC) has historically lower tuition rates than other states, there are many other issues that affect student's ability to pay for and attend school.
The prices of housing textbooks, health and childcare, and transportation have all grown at significantly higher rates than inflation. For Cerritos students, annual school tuition is $1,288 and the cost of books and living expenses are $14,282. Help our students by participating in the "Buy Me Nothing Campaign."
Access to state and federal financial aid lags. The purchasing power of Cal Grants has increased by only 15% over the past 20 years and the number of Cal Grant Competitive grants, primarily serving community college students, have not grown in 15 years.
Only 15% of California two-year students receive federal Pell Grants compared to 25% in other states and a similar gap exists for federal student loans. Establish a student scholarship and be part of the solution.
The community college student’s response to the affordability gap is to work more. About 80% work an average of 32 hours a week, far more than the 15 hour average recommended by experts.
Additionally, more than 55% of our student base are 1st generation college students needing additional support to navigate college. Their families are largely economically disadvantaged and can provide the resources tho help them become college-ready.
CCF steps in and directly funds solutions our students need to be successful. We provide: