Governor Announces Free College Plan

California community colleges will offer first-time, full-time students two free years of tuition starting next year, mirroring a program that Santa Monica College launched last fall.

Governor Gavin Newsom is making good on a promise he made days after being sworn in to cover the cost of two years of community college for new students. This year’s state budget includes $42.6 million to support a second year of free tuition for about 33,000 low-income California students, Newsom announced last week.

Newsom said the expanded California College Promise program will help students improve their lives and build their futures.

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