Free tuition at California public colleges helped the state prosper. There’s no reason it can’t again

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

SACRAMENTO — It wouldn’t be “free college” for all — no one anywhere is proposing that — but a state university diploma could become more affordable for many California students.

Under a new law, full-time community college students are already excused from paying course fees of $46 per unit. That’s good for both their freshman and sophomore years. The next logical step is for those students to receive two more years of tuition-free education if they transfer to a California state university.