San Diego colleges waive tuition

August 30, 2018 by  

Two community colleges in San Diego County recently announced they plan to waive tuition for some full-time, first-time students. The waivers are part of the state’s new California College Promise program, which became law last fall.

Under the new program, students who demonstrate financial need will be able to attend college free for one year; textbooks and additional school supplies are also provided. Funding for the effort, known as the California College Promise program, comes from private donations, as well as local and state entities. Programs like this can benefit many people but the guidelines are complex; officials can use brochure printing to create explanatory material for applicants.

Palomar College in San Marcos and MiraCosta College in Oceanside are the schools that are waiving fees, and both expect that the number of students will increase thanks to the program. Joi Lin Blake, the Superintendent/President of Palomar College, said she was thrilled the institution would be able to serve twice as many students as they did last year. She believes it’s important that students get a strong start on their academic careers in their first year. Not only is it better for them, it strengthens the entire region.

MiraCosta officials don’t have as exact an estimate of their expected enrollment as Palomar, but they do expect an increase. In future, MiraCosta plans to support qualifying students by providing full tuition and fees for two years.