Long Beach City College To Expand Tuition-free Education To Full Year

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Long Beach City College will expand its tuition-free education from one semester to one full academic year to all qualified Long Beach Unified School District graduates beginning next spring. The announcement was made by LBCC President Eloy Ortiz Oakley at the Long Beach College Promise community celebration event Sept. 24.

“One of the most important steps we can take to help students attain a higher education is to remove barriers,” said LBCC President Eloy Ortiz Oakley. “We want to make LBCC more accessible to LBUSD students as we continue to fulfill our part of the Long Beach College Promise.”

All LBUSD graduates are automatically eligible for the first free semester at LBCC. In order to qualify for second free semester, students must complete at least nine units in the Fall and maintain a 2.0 grade point average or higher. Current Long Beach College Promise students who are taking fall classes at LBCC will be eligible for the free spring semester if they meet the requirements.

The free academic year for Long Beach College Promise students is made possible by generous donations to the Long Beach City College Foundation. Nearly 12,000 students have received one free semester at LBCC since 2008.

For more information on the LBCC Foundation, please visit http://www.lbcc.edu/foundation/.

LBCC offered the free semester to LBUSD graduates in 2008 with the start of the Long Beach College Promise. The Long Beach College Promise began as collaboration between the Long Beach Unified School District, Long Beach City College and California State University, Long Beach to increase the success of local students in higher education. The City of Long Beach joined the partnership last year, with a focus on early education and internships.

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