community college

California students could see free community college

Bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown would offer students free community college for one year.

Full-time in-state students in California would receive free tuition for their first year of community college under a state legislature bill signed by California Gov. Jerry Brown.

According to Assembly Bill No. 19, the California College Promise would waive fees for one academic year for first-year students who are enrolled in 12 or more semester units or the equivalent at the college and complete and submit either a Free Application for Federal Student Aid or a California Dream Act application.

California now joins a growing number of states that have established statewide free community college programs. New York, Hawaii, Arkansas, Nevada, and Rhode Island have all passed similar legislation. Nationally, the College Promise movement continues to grow rapidly, with now more than 200 programs in 42 different states.

(Next page: Details about funding and future enrollment predictions)

Laura Ascione