New community college students might get their first year for free if Governor Jerry Brown signs off on a new bipartisan bill.
Last week the Assembly sent Brown AB 19, which would waive fees ranging from $1,100 to $1,400 depending on how many classes a student takes.
Assemblyman Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles), who proposed the bill, thinks it will prompt as many as 19,000 students who may not have been able to go to college go for a higher education:
“What we’re truly talking about is creating a college-going culture in our community.”
AB 19 does face some opposition, especially from Jerry Brown’s finance department, which argues that the bill will cost California more than $30 million in part by giving waivers to students who don’t need financial aid. more