Contra Costa community colleges expand free tuition program

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The Student Administration Building at the Contra Costa College campus at 2600 Mission Bell Dr. in San Pablo.

The Contra Costa Community College District (4CD) announced today it has expanded its Full-time Free Tuition Program.

The program has removed a previous requirement that participants be a first-time student, and the door to free tuition is also now open to full-time students who have previously taken college courses or even completed a degree.

To receive free tuition for up to two academic years, students at Contra Costa College, Diablo Valley College and Los Medanos College must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application (CADA) for the current academic year; enroll in a minimum of 12 units; and be a California resident or otherwise exempt from paying non-resident tuition fees.

Students are not required to qualify for financial aid, demonstrate financial need or meet any income requirements, 4CD states.

The Full-time Free Tuition Program waives the $46 per unit enrollment/tuition fees at 4CD colleges, but students are still responsible to pay for other expenses such as books, supplies, and materials fees required by their classes.

“We are very excited to expand the Full-time Free Tuition Program to students who have previously attended college,” said Interim Chancellor Mojdeh Mehdizadeh. “This cost-saving option provides the financial incentive returning full-time students may need to achieve their higher education objectives with us.”

To learn more about 4CD’s Full-time Free Tuition Program, click here.