Magazine article University Business

San Francisco, San Jose Launch Free Tuition Initiatives

Magazine article University Business

San Francisco, San Jose Launch Free Tuition Initiatives

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Community colleges in two of California's biggest cities have announced plans to substantially expand access to public education by offering residents the chance to earn an associate degree for free.

While states like Tennessee, Kentucky and Oregon have free community college initiatives, the city of San Francisco's announcement early this year made it the first program to offer free tuition to all residents regardless of previous education, age or income. In March, the city of San Jose announced San Jose Promise, a program that will reduce costs significantly for about 800 low-income and first-generation students in the 2017-18 school year.

An annual budget of $5.4 million is expected to cover tuition and other fees for San Francisco's residents at the City College of San Francisco; $3.3 million of that total will cover low-income students' books, health services and other fees. The city hopes to attract first-time college attendees and students who want to retrain for the evolving workforce, says Susan Lamb, chancellor at City College.

Students pursuing a bachelor's degree can take advantage of the transfer agreement between California's community colleges and all of its state four-year institutions. …

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