Contra Costa Co.: Free Tuition Available for First-Time Community College Students

August 27, 2018 Updated: August 27, 2018

Free tuition for a year will be available to students in the Contra Costa Community College District starting Aug. 27 under a statewide initiative to fund free tuition at the state’s community colleges.

Students at Contra Costa College, Diablo Valley College, and Los Medanos College can receive free tuition via the California College Promise initiative if they meet various requirements.

They must be a first-time college student, have completed the district’s pledge application, completed the free application for federal student aid or the California Dream Act application, completed an education plan, be enrolled in and complete at least 12 units, and maintain a 2.0 GPA.

There are no income requirements necessary to qualify for the free tuition. The district will cover the $46 per unit fee for eligible students, but students will still be responsible for any books, supplies, materials and non-course fees required for a class.

Gov. Jerry Brown signed the initiative into law in October 2017 to promote attendance at community colleges.

“We are very excited to have this opportunity to invest in our students’ futures,” Chancellor Fred Wood said in a statement. “We hope that many new students will take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to launch their college careers very cost-effectively.”

By Dan McMenamin.