College is perceived as expensive, and 63% of Colorado residents strongly or somewhat
disagree that families are doing a good job of saving for college. Coloradans are divided
on the question of whether there are many qualified people who are currently unable to
go to college. Forty-one percent feel that there are many people who are qualified to go
to college but do not have an opportunity to do so, while 49% say that the vast majority
of those who are qualified have an opportunity to go to college.
But the majority of Coloradans are convinced that where there is a will, there is a
way. Eighty-seven percent either strongly (62%) or somewhat (25%) 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.
Coloradans also support a broad range of financial aid proposals, with 77%
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 45% favored more money for grants.