College is perceived as expensive, and 64% of California residents strongly or
somewhat agree that families are not doing a good job of saving for college.
Californians are evenly divided on the question of whether there are many qualified
people who are currently unable to go to college. Forty-eight percent feel that there are
many people who are qualified to go to college but do not have an opportunity to do so,
as compared to 46% who say that the vast majority of those who are qualified have an
opportunity to do so.
But in the end, the majority of Californians are convinced that where there is a will,
there is a way. Eighty-eight percent either strongly (64%) or somewhat (24%) agree that
people who really want to go to college can find a way to pay for it even if they have to
go to school and work at the same time.
Californians also support a broad range of financial aid proposals, with 78%
thinking that the government should offer more tax breaks for students, 73% favoring
more funds for work-study, and 55% favoring more money for loans. Direct grants to
students were somewhat less popular; only 46% favored more money for grants.