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California bill makes first year of community college free

Posted: 5:08 PM, Oct 13, 2017
Updated: 2017-10-16 13:38:52-04
California bill makes first year of community college free

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The first year of community college will be free for thousands of California students under a bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown. 

The signing announced Friday creates the "California College Promise" program. It waives course fees for a student's first year of classes.

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Students must apply for the fee waiver and take at least 12 credits per semester.

Each unit now costs $46.

The community college system estimates 19,000 students would be eligible for the fee waiver, which will cost the state about $31 million annually. 

Roughly 1.6 million of the system's 2.3 million students already receive other financial aid.

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The aid for first-time students is nothing new in San Diego.

Palomar Community College rolled out their " Palomar Promise " program, which guarantees the first year of tuition and fees are free for first-year students from more than 20 partner high schools, this year.

The "Palomar Promise" received $1.5 million in donations to aid with its first year.

The San Diego Community College district, including City, Mesa, and Miramar colleges, also offers its own program, " San Diego Promise ," to cover fees for eligible incoming high school seniors.