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Resources provided for students to tackle FAFSA early

Kimberly Morales // October 16, 2019

Starting Oct. 1, students are now able to apply for financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).The intimidating tedious and stressful process is upon students once again as...

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Chico students vs. luxury apartments

Ricardo Tovar // October 15, 2019

Recent trends in Chico have made luxury housing a hot commodity for students. The idea of bundling amenities and utilities such as furniture, TVs, electricity, Wi-Fi, water and laundry can sound better...

Walking away from school might be more than you can afford

Karen Limones // February 9, 2018

Sometimes life comes at you like a train and you have to decide whether to get on board or not. Such a difficult decision presents itself to students when they have to decide whether to stay in...

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Students struggling to survive

Rachel Reyes // March 3, 2017

It's a truth universally acknowledged that college is expensive. Students pay for housing and tuition, but it's the additional costs of useless textbooks and the absolute necessity of a laptop that makes...

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Increased tuition raises questions and encourages struggle

Nicole Henson // February 1, 2017

Colleges do a poor job explaining what comprises the cost of attending the university. Think about it, we know that we pay for faculty, room materials and the occasional construction project on campus....

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Owning your student debt

Kristina Martinez // October 10, 2015

Loans. I've had a number of conversations on this topic. Whether it's with peers, parents, the financial aid office or professors, somehow loans always enter the conversation when college is brought up.A...

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Tuition costs still pressure students

Joe Silva // April 15, 2015

  When senior Dominic Rosso first found out how much a semester of college would cost, he was surprised. "My first thought was that was a lot." he said. "Like wow — this is really the worth...

Work study program needs help

Megan Mann // January 28, 2015

The Financial Aid and Scholarship Office sucks when it comes to the work study program. Seriously though, have you ever heard of the phrase "up shit creek without a paddle?" Yeah, that creek would be the...

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Middle Class Scholarship needs to stay

Megan Mann // January 20, 2015

This country's idea of a middle-class family is really skewed. Take my family for example. For my first two Free Applications for Federal Student Aid, I was denied scholarships and most grants due...

Spending financial aid awards wisely

Veronica De La Cruz // April 19, 2014

With only four weeks left in the semester, many students who received financial aid money may find themselves running low.As much as I truly do appreciate my financial aid money, I have first hand experience...

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Financial aid leaves middle-class students behind

Matt Murphy // March 12, 2014

There was a time, in a galaxy far, far away, when the words "public education" meant more than they do now. Putting the word public next to an institution's name used to mean that it was accessible and...

Kentiner David, assistant director of the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office, explains that changes to FAFSA may not benefit some students.Photo credit: Enrique Raymundo

Federal aid application now recognizes same-sex parents

Enrique Raymundo // February 4, 2014

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid has been updated to feature language that is more inclusive of those with same-sex parents.Previously, students could only list one parent on the application...

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