Monterey Park, California - This week, as young people return to California institutions of higher learning, Governor Gavin Newsom is traveling the state to highlight that for the first time in decades, California will provide two free years of community college to any first-time, full-time California student. Tomorrow, the Governor will visit students at East Los Angeles Community College and rally to promote the free college initiative.

Just days after being sworn in, the Governor proposed that the California budget provide for two years of community college tuition-free for first-time, full-time students by expanding the California College Promise program. The Legislature approved the Governor’s proposal over the summer, and the Governor signed the legislation in June. The 2019-2020 state budget includes $42.6 million to support a second year of free tuition for approximately 33,000 students.