Free Tuition for First-Time, Full-Time Students
The Contra Costa Community College District (District) has announced free tuition for first-time, full-time Contra Costa College (CCC), Diablo Valley College (DVC) and Los Medanos College (LMC) students effective Monday, August 27, 2018, the first day of the fall 2018 semester. The District will provide free tuition for a full year to eligible students under the California College Promise, a statewide initiative to fund free tuition at community colleges.
In order to receive free tuition for up to one year, CCC, DVC and LMC students must meet the following requirements:
· Be a first-time college student
· Complete the District’s Pledge Application
· Complete the FAFSA or California Dream Act application
· Complete an educational plan
· Enroll in and complete a minimum of 12 units
· Maintain a 2.0 GPA
Students are not required to demonstrate financial need or meet any income requirements. The District will cover the $46 per unit enrollment/tuition fee using a combination of College Promise Program dollars, private donations and other funding sources. While tuition is covered for up to one year, participating students will still be responsible for any books, supplies and materials and other non-course fees that a class requires.
Through the program, the District aims to provide more first-time, full-time students, of all ages and aspirations, the necessary education and skills to succeed. With full-time students showing higher rates of completion, the District hopes to propel students to reach greater heights of achievement.
“We are very excited to have this opportunity to invest in our students’ futures,” said Chancellor Fred Wood. “We hope that many new students will take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to launch their college careers very cost effectively. We are so thankful that the Legislature and Governor understand the great value of community colleges and are making this important investment in our students.”
The California College Promise Program was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown last October under Assembly Bill 19, which allowed California’s community colleges to provide tuition-free education to students. The bill was authored to promote and encourage a college-going culture throughout the state and increase completion rates among community college students.