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The Citizen

Peralta Community College District's only student-run publication.

The Citizen

Peralta Community College District's only student-run publication.

The Citizen

Fall is Free Again at Peralta Colleges

The Peralta Community College District (PCCD) has announced a district-wide “Fall is Free” program, offering free tuition for students at all four PCCD colleges. There will be no minimum course requirements for the Fall 2023 program.

Students that complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), or a California Dream Act application for undocumented students, will have their course registration fees waived. The program is only available to California residents – students “must have lived continuously in California for at least one year.”

According to a press release sent out by Mark Johnson, PCCD’s Executive Director of Marketing, Communications, and Public Relations, tuition incentives provided by the 2023 “Spring is Free” program “resulted in a nearly 11% increase in students across the four Peralta Colleges.”

The press release also states that funding for the program this fall will be provided by the California Community College COVID-19 Recovery Block Grant. Incentives for previous semesters were funded by the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund.

PCCD’s Interim Chancellor Jannett Jackson also commented on the reinstatement of the “Fall is Free” campaign in the press release.

“We’re pleased that we’re once again able to eliminate course fees for the fall semester and open the educational door to even more people,” Jackson said.

About the Contributor
Li Khan, Editor in Chief
Li Khan is the Editor in Chief of The Citizen, and a member of the CalMatters College Journalism Network. She believes in the power of student media to keep educational institutions transparent and accountable. She's particularly interested in analyzing how changes to higher education policy trickle down from the Capitol to colleges and their constituents. Li holds a degree in Computer Science from The University of Texas at Dallas and hopes to incorporate that knowledge into data-centered reporting projects. 
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