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Two students check out books at library counterCSULB Recognized for Access, Affordability

The Education Trust named CSULB as one of just five universities in the country noted for meeting a conservative set of criteria on affordability, access and quality.

Recognition was based on enrollment of a proportion of low-income students that is at or above the national average and graduation of at least 50 percent of all its students while asking its low-income students to pay a portion of their family income no greater than what the average middle-income student pays for a bachelor’s degree.

“At Cal State Long Beach, we are focused on those measures that will ensure a better future for California and the nation. It is absolutely apparent that this progress is impossible without recognizing the needs of lower-income students and providing them with the financial and educational support necessary to support attainment of a university degree,” said CSULB President F. King Alexander.

The report, titled “Priced Out: How the Wrong Financial-Aid Policies Hurt Low-Income Students,” uses the most recent federal data from 1,186 four-year colleges and universities in America on what low-income students actually pay to attend college.

“These institutions deserve to be recognized for swimming against the tide and making the opportunity for a college education available to low-income students,” said Mamie Lynch of The Education Trust.