Funding Boost Of Nearly $1 Billion Proposed For State’s Community Colleges

Career College Central summary:

  • A proposal to increase funding for California community colleges by nearly $1 billion has administrators doing the happy dance after Gov. Jerry Brown made the announcement as part of his budget last week. The money would allow schools to enroll more students and add classes, hire more counselors and help the neediest students get ahead academically.
  • "I'm calling it a grand slam," said Scott Lay, president of the Community College League of California, a nonprofit association for community college districts in the state. "It freezes tuition and brings us back to the funding levels of 2007 and 2008."
  • Brown's budget, if approved by the Legislature, will freeze fees at $46 per unit. The fee was $36 per unit last year and $20 a unit in 2009. The increase in funding by almost $1 billion, or about 11 percent over the previous fiscal year, will allow colleges to increase enrollment by 3 percent. Enrollment has been cut by up to 15 percent since 2010.

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