The “I Can Afford College” campaign is a statewide, financial aid awareness initiative sponsored by the California Community Colleges. The campaign got its start back in 2004, shortly after the California community colleges increased their enrollment fees. The governor and the state legislature wanted to make sure Californians knew how to make college affordable, so they set aside money to create an awareness campaign about financial aid.
The “I Can Afford College” campaign is funded by the State of California, through Proposition 98. This website is one of the main elements of the campaign. Since the site was launched, it has received more than 2.5 million visits. Additionally, the number of community college students who receive some type of financial aid has gone up by nearly 70 percent since 2004.
Our goal at “I Can Afford College” is simple. We want to let students and parents know that:
- California community colleges are affordable.
- Financial aid is available year-round to help pay for enrollment fees and college costs like books, supplies, and even rent in some cases.
- All 115 California community colleges have financial aid experts who can give you free one-on-one help.
to download the ICanAffordCollege Campaign Fact Sheet.