Back on January 8, 2015, former President Barack Obama and Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden joined Governor Bill Haslam of Tennessee to announce a project to make community college free across the country. This has now caused a wave of College Promise programs to arise that deliver free tuition and student support in over 200 communities and states across the country. States like Rhode Island, Dallas, Milwaukee and recently California are all working toward making this happen.
In California, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 19, on October 13, 2017, which established the California College Promise and will allow colleges to make the first year tuition free for first-time, full-time California community college students. With this, several local colleges from our Los Angeles and Orange County regions have joined in to try and make paying for an education more affordable. Here are some colleges that already have a program that provide assistance:
- Coastline Community College: Coastline College Promise (2017)
- Santa Ana College: Adelante Promise (2011)
- Pasadena City College: The PCC Promise (2017)
- Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD): The Los Angeles College Promise (2017)
- Long Beach City College: The Long Beach College Promise (2008)
- El Camino College: South Bay Promise (2014)
- Cerritos College: Cerritos Complete (2016)
Now, you’re probably questioning whether a whole year of college will actually be FREE. Well technically it is, but, each of these colleges and districts have specific requirements that students need to meet in order to receive the free education along with other grants and perks. Some of these details, for example, require students to attend a community college right out of high school, or partake in certain amounts of community service hours per semester. With these programs, students are presented with the necessary resources to continue on their path to receiving a higher education, and that’s definitely something that we should all take interest in.
For more information on the specific proposed programs and how you can get involved, click on the link below.