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Push to Expand Free Community College in California

January 7, 2019

California governor-elect Gavin Newsom plans to propose expanding the state's one-year, tuition-free community college program to two years.

Newsom reportedly will include an additional $40 million in his budget to fund the second year of college. An additional $5 million would go to the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office to boost outreach and encourage students to complete a two-year program or transfer to a four-year university.

The state currently gives the community college system about $46 million to administer the tuition-free program.

Democratic members of the State Assembly introduced a bill last month that would also expand the tuition-free initiative to two years.

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Ashley A. Smith

Ashley A. Smith, Reporter, covers community colleges, for-profit schools and non-traditional students for Inside Higher Ed. She joined the publication in 2015 after covering government and K-12 education for the Fort Myers News-Press in Florida for three years. Ashley also covered K-12 and higher education for three years at the Marshfield News-Herald in Wisconsin. She has interned with The Flint Journal, USA Today and the Detroit Free Press. Ashley grew up in Detroit and is a 2008 graduate of Michigan State University. 

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