San Diego Promise offers free college tuition to high school graduates
The San Diego Community College District is offering free tuition to high school graduates through their “San Diego Promise” program. Ed Lenderman spoke to Chancellor Constance Carroll about the program.
District Chancellor Constance Carroll, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, and San Diego Unified Superintendent Cindy Marten will host a news conference to announce that all first-time, full-time students will be eligible to attend district colleges for two years tuition-free. Launched as a pilot program in 2016 with 186 students, the San Diego Promise is expected to serve approximately 3,500 local students in 2018-19 at City, Mesa and Miramar colleges. Information will be shared on how students can enroll.
The San Diego Promise is intended to ensure that no deserving local students are denied the opportunity to go to college due to lack of resources. The San Diego Promise is modeled after similar programs in California and across the country aimed at reducing student debt and increasing student success. With the passage of Assembly Bill 19 in 2017, California community colleges now have access to funding which allows them to offer a free first year of college. The San Diego Promise will combine that with local fundraising efforts to provide two years of tuition-free education for all first-time, full-time students who maintain a 2.0 GPA.