College affordability has emerged as a major economic and social issue.
To that end, a group of California Assembly Democrats are proposing a general college aid plan that would cover tuition -- and also some living expenses -- for Cal State and UC students. It would also increase grants to community college students and cover the first year of tuition for full-time students, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The price tag, however, would be hefty. The program is estimated to cost the state $1.6 billion a year.
Assemblyman Jose Medina (D-Riverside, Moreno Valley), chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee who supports the proposal that will be announced today
Jessie Ryan, executive vice president of the Campaign for College Opportunity, a California-based non profit
Neal McCluskey, director of the Center for Educational Freedom at the Cato Institute