Fact Sheet | June 2, 2022

Bearing the Burdens of College Costs: A Look at College Affordability by Student Race and Income at California’s Public Two- and Four-Year Colleges and Universities

California’s public two- and four-year colleges and universities serve the vast majority of the state’s college students including BIPOC students and those from low-income households. This fact sheet highlights the extent to which these students’ total college costs are covered by financial aid, how much of their annual family income is required to afford their out-of-pocket college costs, and the financial aid reforms policymakers must prioritize to better serve students and increase educational attainment.