California is providing first-time students with 2 years of free tuition at community colleges

California is providing first-time students with 2 years of free tuition at community colleges
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California will provide first-time, full-time students with two years of free tuition to community colleges in the state.

The effort is being rolled out under the state’s California College Promise program, which already provided California students with one free year of tuition at community colleges.

“This is real help for students trying to improve their lives and build their future,” California Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin Christopher NewsomNewsom jokes after Harris drops 2020 bid ahead of his Iowa campaign events for her: 'I want a reimbursement!' Feinstein endorses Christy Smith for Katie Hill's former House seat Gavin Newsom to campaign for Harris in Iowa MORE said in a statement this week. “No one can argue with the fact that the full cost of attending institutions of higher learning is still far too high – both in California and across the country.”

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“But by offering two years of community college tuition-free, California is taking a meaningful step toward chipping away at the cost of higher learning for students and their families,” he continued.

Newsom first proposed the initiative shortly after being sworn in earlier this year. The proposal was greenlighted by state lawmakers and subsequently signed by Newsom over the summer.

According to a statement from Newsom’s office, California Community Colleges are the country’s largest system of higher education. The office said roughly 2.1 million students are enrolled, making it the “largest system of higher education to provide this support.”

“No one can argue with the fact that the full cost of attending institutions of higher learning is still far too high – both in California and across the country,” Newsom also said of the initiative, according to a local CBS station. “But by offering two years of community college tuition-free, California is taking a meaningful step toward chipping away at the cost of higher learning for students and their families.”