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Tuition Increase Means More Students Could Qualify for Financial Aid

September 28, 2004

As was expected, when the California Legislature passed the final state budget for the current fiscal year, the state’s community college students were asked to pay an additional $8 per unit. Tuition is now $26 per unit for classes beginning in the Fall 2004 semester. Two successive years of tuition increases has many students wondering how they will pay for their education.

The good news is that the state has also released more funds for financial aid. And, Merced College is working on an aggressive outreach campaign to inform students and their parents about the availability of financial aid.

"Our students will be surprised to find out how much financial assistance is available to them,” said Sharon Reinhardt, interim director of Financial Aid. “For many of our students, the state offers full tuition waivers. With other forms of financial aid, including grants and work study, students should have very little problem enrolling at Merced College.”

Merced College offers a complete range of academic programs for those seeking to transfer to a four-year institution. Students who prefer to seek training for the workplace will be pleased by the wide variety of vocational programs. The College also maintains many opportunities for life-long learning through Extended Education.

For more information on Financial Aid at Merced College, call (209) 384-6031, (209) 384-6032 or (209) 384-6038.

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