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Cal Grant administrators look to simplify state's college financial aid program

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LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 23: Students walk across the campus of UCLA on April 23, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

College students across California are going back to school this month. At least 300,000 of them rely on Cal Grants to help fund their education.

The $2 billion a year program provides grants to California students based on family income and high school GPA. But a lot of applicants say navigating the system is confusing, because there are so many different types of grants and eligibility criteria. 

So changes might be coming to the program to help simplify it. The state agency that administers the grant program recently announced it will hire a consultant to evaluate the program and suggest reform ideas. 

Take Two spoke with Larry Gordon, who reported on this for EdSource. 

To listen to the full segment, click the blue play button above. 

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