Legislators hope increasing financial aid for summer school will help students graduate faster.
Student debt levels in California were nearly flat compared to the year before, matching a national trend.
Some Cal State campuses report a doubling or more in summer enrollment with Pell Grants' revival. But time limits remain.
To the happy surprise of some officials, thousands of California students may benefit from the expansion of federal Pell grants into summer sessions. The extra funding is expected to help speed up the time to graduation for low-income students.