Now more students than ever are turning to community colleges. About 90 percent of all campuses are reporting higher enrollments this year. California is hitting a new record with a projected six percent increase. Students say they simply can't afford the big name colleges.
I pay $1,500 a year I could be paying $15,000. It's an incredible savings," said a community college student.
I don't have the money to pay 20,000 a semester," said another student.
But here's the rub. As enrollment goes up, course offerings are going down. Because of California's budget crisis, some campuses are cutting up to 20 percent of their classes.
Students get in, but often can't get the classes they need.