California unveils ‘College Corps’ program to help students pay for education through community service

Governor Gavin Newson on Tuesday announced a new program that will help students at 45 colleges and universities in the state pay for their education in return for performing hundreds of hours of volunteer work.

That “Californians for All” College Corps aims to “help create debt-free university courses for low-income students who commit to earning,” according to a news release from the governor’s office.

Under the program, selected students who complete 450 hours of community service during the academic year will receive up to $ 10,000, according to a news release from the governor’s office. The classes must be completed in areas including K-12 training, COVID-19 recovery and climate efforts.

In addition to the money that can be used for education and cost of living, students will be eligible to earn academic credit for their service.

“California is a world leader in both higher education and service,” Newsom said according to the release. “#CaliforniansForAll College Corps promotes these priorities by connecting Californians of diverse backgrounds with enriching service opportunities across the state, while making college more affordable for our state’s future leaders. We hope the corps will be replicated across the country.”

California is investing about $ 146 million in the program, and the funds come from the state budget that was adopted last year.

Up to 6,500 students will be selected over two academic years to participate in the first round of the College Corps.

The program starts in the fall and applications are expected to open in the spring.

Selected schools in California State and the University of California, along with community colleges and private universities, are among the higher education institutions that have been used to attend.

The full list of colleges and universities participating in the program can be found here.

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