College less affordable, Co Higher Ed Chief warns

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

DENVER (AP) - Colorado's Higher Education Chief says college is less affordable for middle-class Coloradans, and decreasing state funding for higher education is challenging attempts to get more people into classrooms.

Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia briefed lawmakers Wednesday morning on the state of Colorado's higher education system. Garcia is former President of Colorado State-Pueblo and has also been tapped to lead the State Department of Higher Education. Garcia said Colorado's colleges charge more in tuition and fees to make up for state budget cuts.

Garcia said enrollment is going up even as funding per student is going down. However he warned that college is less affordable for poor and working-class students.

No action was taken during the briefing.

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