Nine community colleges say they will reject state aid rather than be forced to offer federal loans to students out of fears that if students default on their loans, colleges may be hit with federal sanctions.
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Among California's 2016 graduates, 53 percent borrowed for education and their average total debt was $22,744. Only Utah and New Mexico had lower loads.
The study cites the relatively low cost of the state's public universities.