13K Former City College of San Francisco Students Get Overdue Fees Paid

The forgiven fees will allow the students to enroll and take courses in the fall semester.

City College of San Francisco marquee. | File Photo/Ingleside Light

More than 13,000 former City College of San Francisco students will be able to enroll in classes after holds placed on their accounts for outstanding student fees are forgiven.

Even a $10 balance prevents a student from enrolling in classes, and now residents who attended the college in the last five years may be able to continue their schooling, according to a news release.

“Removing financial barriers that City College students face is crucial to their success,” Mayor London Breed said in a statement. “City College provides residents with enriching higher education classes, career training courses, and opportunities to build new skills. With this funding, thousands of community members who couldn’t previously enroll in classes will now be able to continue their education.”

While eligible students receive free tuition through the Free City College progam, they may accrue additional fees for transcripts, materials or late withdrawals.

“From free tuition, enrollment fee assistance to student debt relief, San Francisco continues its leadership in the nation to create student supports and remove barriers to post-secondary education for its residents,” said Maria Su, head of the San Francisco Department of Children, Youth and Their Families. “This further enhances access to quality education for those who might otherwise face challenges in affording college education. By investing in the academic potential and dreams of our students of all ages, we continue to reinforce our city's commitment to nurturing a vibrant and inclusive educational landscape for all.”

Each year, the city provides funding for the Free City College program and any unspent funds are placed into a reserve. Approximately $16.8 million for tuition for San Francisco residents was granted this year.

"City College is grateful to Mayor Breed and city officials for the opportunity to provide thousands of San Franciscans with a fresh start on their educational journey,” City College Chancellor David Martin said in a statement.

The college serves more than 60,000 students every year at campuses across the city and offers over 250 degrees and certificates, courses for transfer to other institutions and career advancement classes.

More information about Free City College may be found online.

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