California Governor Jerry Brown has signed legislation that will waive first-year tuition for all community college students in California. Assembly Bill 19, put forth by Assembly members Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles), David Chiu (D-San Francisco) and Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento), will complement the many “college promise” programs recently established in an effort to encourage more students to get a college degree or certificate.
San Diego Community College District Chancellor Constance M. Carroll, who actively supported AB 19, provides the following statement on it becoming law:
“This is a huge win for California students who will now know that they can come to one of our state’s 114 community colleges for their first year without the burden of paying tuition. While this is a watershed moment for the entire state, there still remains additional costs for students to complete a post-secondary education at a community college. Thus, the SDCCD will continue to support students through the San Diego Promise by providing tuition-free education during the second year of college. The San Diego Promise will also provide textbooks and other educational resources necessary for students to be successful. We will continue our fundraising efforts to ensure that we can offer our qualified, full-time students a complete education.”