New Bid for Tiered Tuition at California 2-Year Colleges
- Bill Would Clear Path for Two-Tiered Pricing at Calif. Community Colleges
- Controversial two-tier tuition proposal is back in California
- Differential tuition grows in popularity, even at community colleges
- California's governor signs two-tier tuition law
- Santa Monica College calls off two-tier tuition plan
The idea of tiered tuition at California community colleges draws strong opposition from students, and the new system chancellor has come out strongly against the concept, but it keeps coming back. Legislation has been introduced to formally grant community colleges the right to charge higher tuition rates for extension courses offered in the summer or winter terms and to award credit for those courses, if they have been at capacity for the previous two years, The Los Angeles Times reported. Many courses have been at capacity in recent years, delaying students from completing their programs. Supporters of differential tuition say that it can provide revenue to pay for courses students need, but critics say that these policies effectively enable wealthier students to have greater access to education and run against the ideals of community colleges.