By 2016 California community college students will need to maintain certain academic performance standards to remain eligible for fee waivers, according to a policy approved this week by the community college system's Board of Governors. The fee waivers eliminate the relatively affordable tuition of $46 per credit that the system's 112 colleges charge. But to remain eligible under the change, students will be required to maintain a 2.0 GPA for two consecutive terms. They will also lose access to the state subsidy if they fail to complete half of the credits they attempt in a semester.
The new standard is a part of a broad array of changes the system made in response to the recommendations of a state task force, which the board approved in 2012. System officials said the colleges are also planning to offer more academic counseling and support to students.
"We will do everything in our power to help students on financial aid succeed, but students need to know that they have a responsibility to keep up their end of the bargain,” Brice W. Harris, the system's chancellor, said in a written statement.