Santa Rosa JC offers ‘free’ college for first-time students

Posted on November 24, 2018 by Sonoma Valley Sun

Santa Rosa Junior College will offer first-time college students that sign up to take classes full time may be eligible to receive their first year of tuition at SRJC in 2018-19 essentially “free”

In October 2017 the California State legislature passed Assembly Bill 19, known as the California College Promise, which provides financial aid to first-time college students attending a California community college with a full-time course load of 12 or more units, regardless of income. This aid covers student enrollment fees of $46 per unit, for those who qualify.

Additionally, SRJC offers the SRJC Doyle Scholarship, which provides financial assistance to eligible students who graduated from high school in the 2017-18 school year with an unweighted grade point average of 2.0 or higher. This assistance, totaling up to $1,200 per student in 2018-19, is available for eligible students who enroll full-time at SRJC.

Together, these two programs allow SRJC students to pursue an Associate’s Degree, participate in a certificate program or obtain the units necessary to transfer to a four-year institution, tuition-free.

SRJC student Leela Langlois said that because she is a triplet, her family has to plan ahead to pay for everything three times over.  “When my sister and I both received the grant, it came as a big surprise and we are all so grateful,” she said. “Knowing that my entire first year of college was paid for took a weight off my shoulders.”

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