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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
School is an investment worth paying back.
Infographic by Joe Silva

Tuition costs still pressure students

Joe Silva // April 15, 2015
Though the price of college in the California State University system seems to have steadied for now, tuition hikes remain an ever-present threat.

Work study program needs help

Megan Mann // January 28, 2015
The Financial Aid and Scholarship Office fails to provide students with enough information and guidance about the program.
Illustration by Hayden Senter

Middle Class Scholarship needs to stay

Megan Mann // January 20, 2015
Families that are above the poverty line are often lumped in with higher income earners and often struggle to pay for college.

Spending financial aid awards wisely

Veronica De La Cruz // April 19, 2014
Finding smarter ways to make financial aid money last all semester long.
Matt Murphy

Financial aid leaves middle-class students behind

Matt Murphy // March 12, 2014
The middle class is left with rising tuition costs, without grants to pay for them.
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
Students parented by same-sex couples can now list both parents in their 2014-15 financial aid application
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