Bill of­fers free first year at com­mu­nity col­leges

Manteca Bulletin - - Local/state -

SACRA­MENTO (AP) — The first year of com­mu­nity col­lege would be free for full­time, in-state stu­dents un­der a bill sent to Gov. Jerry Brown by Cal­i­for­nia law­mak­ers.

The bill given fi­nal ap­proval by the As­sem­bly Wed­nes­day would waive the $46 per unit fee for one aca­demic year for first-time stu­dents.

Demo­cratic Assem­bly­man Miguel San­ti­ago of Los An­ge­les says his bill “is ab­so­lutely doable” be­cause it would cost about $31 mil­lion in ex­ist­ing state dol­lars.

Fel­low Demo­crat and coau­thor David Chiu of San Fran­cisco says some cam­puses al­ready are waiv­ing first-year fees.

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