California Plans Huge Increase in Student Aid

Gov. Gray Davis and legislative leaders in California have agreed to nearly double the size of the state's need-based student-aid program, increasing spending on it to nearly $1.2-billion a year. The agreement came after lawmakers decided in August to support the governor's proposal to put an additional $118-million toward new merit-based scholarships.

Combined, the two aid programs mark a sharp departure from the actions of several other state legislatures in