Bill offers free first year at community colleges
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.