It’s a time of looming tuition bumps, soaring student debt and a national debate on “free college” that’s lingered beyond the 2016 presidential race — and lawmakers in Sacramento have taken notice.
California legislators have introduced at least three dozen bills this year that aim to make college more affordable, including proposals to freeze tuition, demystify student loan statements and make textbooks cheaper.
The breadth of ideas points to an unusual degree of attention being paid in the Capitol to higher education costs.
“I don't think we've ever seen more focus on college affordability than we do now,” said Debbie Cochrane, vice president of the Institute for College Access & Success, a nonprofit advocacy group.
The attention from lawmakers reflects a growing worry from their constituents over the price of...