Guest column: California’s adult learners deserve equal access to financial aid


When I came to the United States from Russia, I had no idea how difficult making my way would be. I was working full time and often long days to make ends meet. I knew a college degree would advance my career and better my quality of life, but after looking into several University of California and California State University programs, I couldn’t make them work with my busy work schedule and my lack of financial support.

Given these limitations, I didn’t think a degree was possible for me — until I discovered my online university.

My university allowed me to study at home, on my own time and at my own pace. While I was able to qualify for a federal Pell Grant to help cover the cost of tuition, no state aid was available to me because California does not provide financial aid for adult learners who attend online universities.

Click here to read the full article in the Mountain Democrat.

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