Free Community College

By: Brenda Bailon


Seniors, it’s time to start applying to community colleges. The LA College Promise provides one year of free enrollment to community colleges in LA to all full-time students graduating from LAUSD and charter high schools. In addition to free tuition for one year, the program also provides priority enrollment, career support, and counseling. To be eligible for this program you must have graduated from a LAUSD high school or charter school, be a resident of California, take summer courses, and take 12-15 units your first year of college. This program applies to almost all community colleges in LA but just to be sure check with desired schools website. For example, ELAC offers the program and provides you with step by step instructions regarding how to apply.

Once you know you’re eligible, make sure you’ve completed the FAFSA/Dream act application, using the federal code for ELAC, 001222, or Dream Act code, 02226000. Apply to ELAC and complete the enrollment process, as well as the application for LA promise. Hurry because space is limited. You can apply at: for both LA promise and community college. Another program offering free tuition is the Board or Government (BOG) which is similar to the LA College Promise. This program is usually located on the school of your choices website.

The enrollment process for most community colleges:

1.     Complete the FAFSA

2.     Apply online through your schools website

3.     Attend an orientation to get to know your school

4.     See a counselor, learn about the classes to take if you plan to transfer

5.     After talking it over with a counselor, register to the classes you need

6.     Pay your fees or get them waived

7.     Attend class meetings, learn about the books and materials you need

8.     Go to College!