This is pretty dope for the residents of San Francisco, the Mayor Ed Lee announced that the city would become the first in the United Stated of America to offer tuition-free community college to its residents, framing the move as a way of helping to narrow wealth inequality in the city.
According to Rawstory.com
The $5.4 million plan also includes $500 grants to low-income City College of San Francisco students to spend on books, transportation, school supplies and healthcare, Lee said in a posting on online publishing site Medium.com. Grants of $200 would also be made available to poor part-time students, he said.
The college charges $46 per unit, according to its website. The plan is to take effect in the fall.
San Francisco Supervisor Jane Kim spearheaded the initiative. Kim was endorsed last year by U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in her unsuccessful state senate bid.
Both she and Sanders ran campaigns that focused in part on dealing with the crisis of student debt, which totals more than $1 trillion in the United States.
During a news conference on Monday, Kim said San Francisco has “the fastest growing income gap of any city across the nation,” citing research from the Brookings Institute.
The plan aims to increase enrollment at the community college by 20 percent.
The San Francisco Chronicle newspaper reported that funding will come from a real estate transfer tax that was approved by voters last November.