LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Two years of free tuition could be in the future for first-time community college students under a proposed law in California.
State and local leaders, including Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, gathered at Los Angeles Trade Technical College Tuesday to throw their support behind the legislation.READ MORE: Three Takeaways From Dodgers 2021 Season, NLCS
California already has programs that waive one year of community college fees for first-time, full-time students. But supporters of Assembly Bill 2 say the two years of community college will allow students in need to receive an associate degree.READ MORE: 3 Shot In Downtown LA, 1 Dead
Officials called it a push for debt-free education, adding a good education should not cost a family’s life savings.
The program is estimated to cost about $46 million per year.MORE NEWS: Man Accidentally Discharges Gun, Wounds Neighbor
Assembly Member Miguel Santiago, who represents District 53 in L.A., introduced the bill.