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Bill for free year of community college awaits Brown's signature

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.

In the last 30 years, more than 5 million low-income California students got tuition waivers through the Board of Governors Fee Waiver program.

Santiago still pushes for the bill:

"It’s easy to pontificate from the Ivory Tower, but the rich kids aren’t the ones going to community college who would benefit from this.”

Click here to read more at Mercury News.

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