By Associated Press - Monday, June 13, 2016

RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. (AP) - More than 100 high school graduates in California will have the opportunity to attend community college for free next fall.

The Sacramento Bee reports ( ) that a pilot program will cover the $597 fall 2017 tuition and fees at Folsom Lake College for students who live in Rancho Cordova and graduate from high school in the 2016-2017 school year.

Students who receive passing grades in at least half of their course units and continue full-time will be eligible for assistance the next semester.

The program is funded largely through a 2014 voter-approved sales tax increase. All Rancho Cordova students are eligible regardless of income, and those eligible for community college aid can use the money for other school-related expenses.

Sacramento leaders are thinking about how to pursue a similar program.


Information from: The Sacramento Bee,

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