Free college education program for low-income students

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Imagine getting college tuition for free. That’s the offer being extended by the San Diego Community College district.

The district that covers City College, as well as Mesa and Miramar Colleges, is giving nearly 800 students the chance to attend college for free.

Many of these students have big ambitions and dreams, but they don’t have the money. Now, a program called "San Diego Promise" is giving students from economically disadvantaged families the chance to transform their lives.

Margarita Novelo, 33, is doing something she once thought was impossible. She’s studying computer science at Mesa College.

The doors to this opportunity opened last spring. Margarita was taking multi-media courses from San Diego Continuing Education when a counselor told her about a program that would allow her to attend college, tuition free.

Today, Margarita is one of the 186 low-income students who are attending community college because of the Promise Program. The program covers her enrollment fees and gives her $1,000 a year to pay for books and other supplies.

At a news conference attended by other Promise students, the community college chancellor announced the program will expand, adding 600 more students next year.

Most will be 2017 graduates of the San Diego Unified School District.

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