Community College District to Offer Free Classes for Spring Semester

(BCN) — San Mateo County residents do not have to pay tuition fees for the upcoming spring semester at any college in the San Mateo County Community College District, the district announced this week.

California Senate Bill 893, passed by the state legislature and signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom this year, authorizes the district to use unrestricted general funds to waive tuition fees for the next semester of spring. SMCCCD schools are Canada College, College of San Mateo, and Skyline College.

The bill only waives fees for the San Mateo County district because it is a high cost-of-living area, according to the bill’s author, Sen. Joshua Becker, D- San Mateo. Pending documented financial need, students may also be exempt from paying other fees.

Those who do not reside in San Mateo County can still benefit from other scholarship programs and free services. Undocumented students who reside in San Mateo County and are also eligible for the Nonresident Tuition Waiver for Undocumented Students may qualify for both the Nonresident Tuition Waiver and of this exemption from registration fees.

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New students can receive the aid after applying to SMCCCD colleges and confirming their address and residence. The exemption will automatically apply to the accounts of the pursuing students after confirmation of their address.

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