City College in San Francisco Will Be Tuition Free, It Says

  • City College in San Francisco Will Be Tuition Free, It Says

City College in San Francisco Will Be Tuition Free, It Says

Backing up a bit, free City College tuition seemed like a done deal in the fall when San Franciscans passed Prop W, a real estate transfer tax on expensive properties. The city funding will also cover the cost of books for low-income students in the upcoming year.

The $2.2 million payout for tuition alone amounts to 45,000 academic credits, said Hydra Mendoza, a member of the San Francisco Board of Education.

California has more than 1 million full-time community college students, but about 65 percent of them now pay no tuition because of state grants and other stipends.

In order to qualify as a resident, students must have lived in the city for at least a year and a day. As college tuition rates have ballooned and manufacturing and labor jobs have declined, the need for higher education has grown, often in contrast to its accessibility.

This free tuition comes at a time when Millennials are losing hope in homeownership as part of the American dream. While such programs have fallen off the docket as President Trump's administration seeks other goals, some municipalities have tested programs that would ease or eliminate tuition for some residents.

The number who might benefit from the program remains unclear, the newspaper noted. Unlike Cuomo's plan, the San Francisco plan will cover tuition for both full-time and part-time students and provide $500 for books and supplies for full-time, low income students (whose tuition fees are now waived) and $200 for part-time, low income students.

"It should be a wake-up call to this nation to say if you really want to be competitive globally, we have to have the best educated workforce, and that means we have to have college for every child, man or woman who wants to attend", Cuomo said, according to CBS News.

The agreement awaits approval from the college's Board of Trustees, which plans to review the initiative Thursday, according to the Examiner. "We can't wait to do that, and this obviously is going to be a huge and important tool for us to restore our enrollment". The city will pay out $5.4 million a year to buy out the tuition of $46 per credit hour, the article states.

This report contains material from the Associated Press.