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California will provide free tuition for two years of...

Posted: Aug 29, 2019 3:51 AM
Updated: Aug 29, 2019 3:52 AM

California will provide free tuition for two years of community college to first-time, full-time California students.

California governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation to increase the 2019-2020 state budget to $42.6 million. This expansion allows the California College Promise program to make a second year of free community college tuition possible for approximately 33,000 students.

"This is real help for students trying to improve their lives and build their future," Newsom said in a statement Tuesday. He called it a "meaningful step toward chipping away at the cost of higher learning for students and their families."

The California Community Colleges are the largest system of higher education in the United States. It serves about 2.1 million students, which is roughly one-quarter of the nation's community college students.

More states are adopting or working toward scholarship programs that increase the number of students attending college. Twelve states, including California, have enacted statewide promise programs, according to Campaign for Free College Tuition. Eight have some state legislative activity.

Here's where tuition-free college stands across different parts of the country.

Maryland

Gov. Larry Hogan signed a bill in May 2018 granting scholarships to low- and middle-income Maryland students. The state will cover up to the cost of tuition for 16 of the state's community colleges.

Rhode Island

High school grads who enroll at Rhode Island Community College don't have to pay anything for tuition or fees. Students must be enrolled full-time and maintain a 2.5 GPA. They are also required to live, work, or continue their education in state after finishing their degree.

Tennessee

Students in Tennessee including adults are eligible for free tuition at the state's community colleges and technical schools as long as they don't already have an associate's or bachelor's degree.

It is an expansion of a program that began in 2015 offering free tuition to students who had graduated high school the previous spring.

New York

New York became the first state to make tuition free for both two- and four- year colleges in April 2017. Eligible undergraduate students don't have to pay anything for tuition at a State University or City University of New York school.

The program is expected to cost the state $163 million a year.

Oregon

Oregon was the second state to make community college tuition-free.

The Oregon Promise scholarship covers most of community college tuition for recent high school graduates and GED recipients. Adults returning to school are not eligible.

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Multnomah110359
Marion93125
Washington71517
Clackamas30411
Deschutes1210
Linn1159
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Polk9811
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Lane672
Jackson650
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Reported Deaths: 3993
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Riverside7341313
San Diego7100260
Orange5744142
San Bernardino4914190
Alameda309794
Santa Clara2701140
San Francisco243740
San Mateo202282
Kern200737
Tulare183580
Fresno165832
Santa Barbara163612
Imperial144326
Contra Costa138437
Sacramento134956
Ventura106232
San Joaquin84235
Kings7043
Stanislaus68328
Sonoma5304
Solano50922
Monterey4699
Marin43614
Merced2807
San Luis Obispo2681
Yolo20723
Santa Cruz2062
Placer1969
Napa1113
Humboldt983
Madera942
San Benito852
El Dorado840
Del Norte440
Sutter422
Nevada411
Butte400
Shasta374
Mono351
Yuba281
Mendocino250
Lake230
Inyo191
Mariposa161
Calaveras150
Glenn140
Amador100
Siskiyou60
Colusa50
Lassen50
Tuolumne40
Plumas40
Tehama41
Alpine20
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