Free tuition coming to Virginia community colleges under service program, governor says
Daily Press
The program, which Gov. Ralph Northam said would be called G3 for “Get skilled, get a job and give back,” would follow the tuition-for-service model of programs like AmeriCorps.

As the cost of a 4-year degree soars, community colleges reap more big gifts
Chronicle of Philanthropy (subscription required)
Big donations to two-year colleges rose from $2.5 million in 2009 to $54 million last year, according to a Chronicle analysis.

San Mateo County Community College District student housing in consideration
San Mateo Daily Journal
To accommodate those struggling with the high cost of living, San Mateo County Community College District officials are considering building student housing on their campuses.

California’s online community college plans to open in fall to limited group
San Francisco Chronicle
College officials say the first class will be hand-picked with help from the Service Employees International Union labor group, most likely from its own ranks.

Opinion: How SC WINS program makes technical college more affordable
Greenville News
At Tri-County Technical College, the new South Carolina Workforce and Industrial Needs Scholarship can reduce tuition for service-area residents from $185 per credit hour to $35 per credit hour, a significant savings of up to 81 percent.

Virginia’s community colleges will offer programs with guaranteed transfer credits next fall
Virginia Mercury
A program to keep community college students on track for a smooth transfer to four-year schools should be ready by the 2020 school year.

Commentary: Tuition-free college could cost less than you think
New York Times
At least some — and perhaps all — of the cost of universal tuition-free public higher education could be defrayed by redeploying money that the government is already spending.

College students are increasingly forgoing summers off to save money, stay on track
Hechinger Report
More students have started to forgo long summer breaks to cut costs and stay on track to graduation.

Editorial: State must redouble efforts to fully fund Merced, West Hills community colleges
Fresno Bee
Vacant staff positions are being left open, and investments in technology are being deferred, as is some necessary maintenance.

The hidden options in a 2-year college
There are benefits to two-year colleges that could save students stress, and save parents money.

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