Jerry Brown Signs Bill to Make Community College Free Statewide for First Year

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Melody Gutierrez - SF Gate

SACRAMENTO — California will cover the cost of tuition for first-year community college students under legislation Gov. Jerry Brown signed Friday.

AB19 by Assemblymen Miguel Santiago, D-Los Angeles; David Chiu, D-San Francisco; and Kevin McCarty, D-Sacramento, will save first-year, full-time students $1,104 a year by waiving the $46-per-unit fee. Beginning Jan. 1, the state will cover tuition for an additional 19,000 students who don’t already receive fee waivers for low-income students.

“This is a win for students, Californians and the economy,” McCarty said before the bill was signed. “We want to make sure students graduate from college with reduced debt.”