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Less for More At Public Universities

SUSAN LI'S senior year at the University of California, Los Angeles, was fast approaching, and she was running out of time. She needed at least three classes to qualify for financial aid. But a week before classes began, she had registered for only one course.

They're not offering the classes I need, said Ms. Li, a history major. I don't know what I'm going to do.

In her first two attempts to register, she hadn't been able to get her outstanding general-ed requirements or any advanced classes in her major. Classes were full, or not being offered this term. If she can't complete what she needs to graduate, Ms. Li doubts she can afford a fifth year. She has taken out $8,000 in loans each year.

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Publish date: November 1, 2009