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Finding Four : Paying for College Is Difficult but Doable

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.


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