Student enrollment in a program providing free tuition has increased by 25 percent in its second year, officials at the Los Angeles Community College District announced last week.
Qualifying first-year full-time students in the Los Angeles College Promise Program can get free tuition at any of the District’s nine colleges. The district’s chancellor, Francisco Rodriguez, said the program is aimed at families of high school students who are uncertain about attending college.
Enrollment numbers from the first week of classes suggest that 5,000 of incoming first-year students are on track to receive free tuition under the program.
According to the district’s vice chancellor, Ryan Cornner, most of the gains came from colleges with low enrollment last year. Although final enrollment numbers won’t be recorded for another few weeks, Los Angeles Trade-Technical College had only 83 students enrolled in the L.A. College Promise Program in 2017. This year, the figure has mushroomed to more than 300, he said.
Similar gains in overall enrollment were seen last year, when the program first launched. In the 2017-2018 school year, there was a 40 percent increase in enrollment by local seniors who graduated from Los Angeles Unified School District high schools.
“Thank you so much to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and the Foundation for the Los Angeles Community Colleges for their amazing support of the L.A. College Promise that is embracing the hopes and aspirations of thousands of students,” LACCD Board of Trustees President Mike Fong said. “LACCD created a life-changing program in partnership with Mayor Garcetti and LAUSD to generate a community of college graduates in the LA region and we’re doing just that.”