LOS ANGELES (CBS) — The recession is putting a squeeze on Cal State Northridge students, with many unable to get the classes they need and even ultimately deferring graduation.

KNX 1070’s Pete Demetriou reports those are just some of the grim results coming from a new survey of 2,000 CSUN students.

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The UCLA Civil Rights Project survey shows that many students reported they were getting less financial aid from their parents so that they would be able to attend college.

59 percent of students say that they are sending money back to their families to help them get through the tough times instead of spending it on tuition and other expenses.

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Over one-quarter of Latino and African American students’ families surveyed are unable to pay their bills, with just over 25 percent of Latino students having had one or more parent laid off.

While the survey dealt specifically with CSUN students, the findings may also be a bad sign for the overall economic health of California — CSUN’s demographics closely mirror those of the state and the higher education system as a whole.

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