Hoping to entice more students into California's community college system, lawmakers on Wednesday passed a bill to make students' first year free.
The Assembly gave final approval to a measure by Assemblyman Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles) that waives fees for first-time full-time students.
"We know that if a student goes full time, a student’s success rate is much higher than if they go part time," Santiago said on the Assembly floor.
Arguing that a free first year of community college would help serve as a bridge for high school students who wouldn't otherwise continue school, Santiago described his bill, AB 19, as a "huge step to make a college-going community and culture in California."
AB 19 still faces a significant hurdle from Brown. His finance department opposes the measure, expressing concern that the aid would be available to all students regardless of need, instead of targeting financially strapped Californians.