Dozens of California Colleges Must Pay Students $ 10,000 for Public Works Under New State Program – CBS Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (AP) Governor Gavin Newsom announced Tuesday that 45 colleges and universities in California, including some of the state’s most prestigious campuses, will be part of a new public service program that will subsidize tuition for students performing community service alongside Their studies.

A student with Powell Hall in the background on campus at UCLA on January 7, 2022 in Los Angeles. (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times / Getty Images)

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The program called “Californians For All College Corps” will begin in the fall of the 2022 semester with 6,500 students who will be sent to part-time work in areas of urgent need, such as differences in elementary school education, climate change and food insecurity, Newsom said in a news conference public university and community college systems.

In return for 450 hours of service, each student will receive $ 10,000 for their education and can receive academic credit for their work.

Seven of the 10 University of California campuses will participate in the program by 2022, including UC Berkeley and UCLA, along with 16 of the 23 California State University schools and more than two dozen community and private colleges. The $ 146 million cost was approved as part of last year’s state budget.

College Corps draws its inspiration from national service programs that have helped participants pay for education, such as AmeriCorps and the GI bill, said Josh Fryday, the state’s chief service officer and leader of the new program.

“We make it clear here in California, just like the GI bill, if you are willing to serve your community and give back in a meaningful way, we will help you pay for college,” Fryday said.

The program’s website outlines a competitive application process for the program, which it says will focus on admitting low-income students and “dreamers” – students whose parents brought them to the United States illegally – who are eligible for the program under California law that allows non-citizens to access state education if they graduated from a California high school and meet other criteria.

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University of California President Michael V. Drake praised the program as a way to help thousands of students pay for college and reduce debt.

“California is and should always be a place where education makes dreams come true, where people from all backgrounds and walks of life can succeed. Where we use our talents to make the world a better place,” Drake said.

Allowing students living in the country illegally to be eligible is a “very, very important” element of the program, said California State University Chancellor Joseph I. Castro.

“This historic investment will help mitigate the disproportionate effects of the pandemic on both students and communities,” he said.

Newsom said that if the program succeeds, it could be expanded to include more students and be replicated outside of California.

In this divisive era, the idea of ​​public service and giving back to a larger community could help unite people, Newsom said.

“We have lost touch with others. This is about forming stronger bonds,” Newsom said. “If I could decide the future of this country, I would demand that we all have some obligatory service and shared experience.”

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