Governor Signs Bill For Pricier Community College Classes

Governor Signs Bill For Pricier Community College Classes

By Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill that would allow California's community colleges to offer additional courses at inflated prices during short summer and winter sessions.

Brown issued a statement when signing AB955 Thursday, saying the pilot program "seems like a reasonable experiment."

The measure sponsored by Assemblyman Das Williams, D-Santa Barbara, would allow community colleges to make courses available between the traditional fall and spring semesters.

It does not provide additional state funding to pay for the extra classes. Instead, students would be charged the nonresident rate of $200 per unit, compared with $46 for state-subsidized credits during traditional semesters.

Several community college systems and student and faculty groups opposed the bill, saying it would put lower income students at a disadvantage.

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