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Featured Explainer · March 2023

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Fact Cards

A majority of public college students in California pay no tuition.
Californians with a bachelor’s degree make 62% more than those with just a high school diploma.
California’s higher education system is the largest in the nation.
34% Percentage of California adults over 25 who hold at least a bachelor’s degree.
Immigrants make up a growing share of California workers with college degrees.
California ranks near the bottom 50 states for share of high school graduates who directly enroll in four-year college