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October 10, 2006 > Large fee reduction for community college courses

Large fee reduction for community college courses

by Ron Owens

California Secretary of Education Alan Bersin and California Community Colleges Chancellor Marshall "Mark" Drummond herald a nearly 25 percent reduction in enrollment fees for current and prospective students at 109 California community college campuses. AB 1802, signed by Governor Schwarzenegger with bipartisan support, requires a fee reduction from $26 per unit to $20 per unit for courses beginning after January 1, 2007.

"We celebrate this news for the positive short-term and long-term impact the fee reduction will have on ensuring access and affordability in higher education," said Secretary Bersin. "This fee reduction will be instrumental in helping students achieve higher education, therefore ensuring the economic vitality of California through a better educated workforce."

Over the last several years, costs for California community colleges escalated to a high of $26 per unit, coinciding with a sharp decline in community college attendance. With the news of a fee reduction, community college enrollment, which is already growing at most colleges this fall, is expected to rebound.

"Several years of rising costs have created a barrier for some of our prospective students," remarked Chancellor Drummond. "If California is to remain an economic leader, we must ensure that we are adequately preparing our future workforce to meet the challenges and demands of tomorrow.  We believe that creating greater access to higher education is an investment in California's future."

As part of its commitment to ensuring affordability and accessibility, California Community Colleges reminds students that financial aid is available - and within reach- to help cover fees, books and other educationally related costs. Students may find all necessary financial aid resources and a direct connection to each of the 109 community college financial aid offices at www.icanaffordcollege.com.

A toll-free helpline, 1-800-987-ICAN (4226), is also available and can directly connect callers to the community college financial aid office of their choice starting within a 25-mile radius of their home. Both the Web site and phone line are available in English and Spanish.

For more information about California Community Colleges, visit www.cccco.edu.

 
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