Bittersweet Relief: Strengthening California’s Tuition Recovery Fund to Better Support Students

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The Institute for College Access and Success

Students suffer extreme hardship when their postsecondary education is interrupted or devalued by school closure or misconduct, leaving them with tens of thousands of dollars of debt. California’s Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) is a state-managed reserve intended to relieve or mitigate the financial distress these students experience, but it has only provided relief to a relatively small number of students affected by school closure. This report examines the history of STRF and student loan forgiveness programs, describes the impact of school closures on students, and provides policy recommendations informed by student testimony and interviews conducted with legal aid providers and state government representatives.

financial barriers, college completion, student loans, student financial aid