Santa Rosa Junior College program SRJC for Free an education saver for students

2 March 2021

Santa Rosa Junior College’s “SRJC for Free” initiative, first established in 2018 with the goal of helping students pursue their community college education tuition-free, has since become a pivotal resource for many who may not otherwise continue in the face of the ongoing pandemic.

Since its inception, “SRJC for Free” has provided almost $11 million in tuition for first-time, full-time students. At a time when many in the local community have lost jobs and are under increased financial strain, this additional resource has proven critical for many students’ continued success.

SRJC student Chandler Holdbrook said, “With COVID happening, school has definitely changed. They helped me pay for my books, which took so much stress off me having to work overtime so I could pay for them.”

“SRJC for Free” is funded by a combination of the California College Promise Grant, the Assembly Bill 19 Promise Grant, and the SRJC Doyle Scholarship. Now, eligible students can receive two full years of tuition reimbursement, totaling an average savings of $2,200. Students can use this reimbursement to pursue an associate’s degree, participate in a certificate program or obtain the units necessary to transfer to a four-year institution, tuition-free.

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