The mayor of San Francisco, Ed Lee, announced yesterday that the city would provide free college education to all residents — through the City College of San Francisco. It will be funded by a tax on properties that are sold for at least $5 million — which will provide the city with at least $5.4 million to fund the program. The new program will start next fall. It is the first time a city has provided free college.
To be eligible, you must have lived in San Francisco for at least a full year — and it doesn’t matter what your income is. The college previously charged $46 per credit for students — which would be around $700 for a full-time student per semester. The college went through some difficult times with accreditation issues and declining student enrollment rates, but is expected to make a comeback with this new measure.
Low-income students who already get a state-funded tuition waiver — will get $250 a semester if they enroll in City College to help cover other college-related costs.
There was some discussion in the comments (under the article) that while this was a wonderful concept, there’s a concern that students still would have a difficult time in San Francisco because it has some of the most expensive rent in the U.S. -- and that they hope more cities in the U.S. will find a way to offer free college.
What do you think of free colleges?