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Press Release: Board Approves Deal to Fully Fund City College

Press release from SF Supervisor Gordon Mar’s office:

Board Unanimously Approves Supervisor Mar’s Deal to Fully Fund Free City College

Agreement expands support for students and college, while fully funding Free City for the next decade.

On July 16, the SF Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a package of legislation sponsored by Supervisor Gordon Mar and Mayor London Breed to fully fund the Free City College Program for the next decade. Since January, Mar had been convening stakeholders and working with the Free City Coalition, Mayor Breed, DCYF and City College leaders to negotiate a package-deal to securely fund the program.

“Free City college is the most inclusive free college tuition program in the country, giving thousands of students access to the opportunities that only education can provide,” said Mar. “I’m proud of the deal we’ve reached to fully fund Free City for the next decade, one that expands on our investments in our students and our City’s only life-long learning institution.”

The new agreement replaces and expands on the terms included in the proposed charter amendment the board voted on last December to place on the November 2019 ballot. In addition to full funding the program for the next decade, the deal includes full funding for Free City starting this fall, a year earlier than under the Charter amendment, representing an additional $8.6 million in funding for Free City this coming year. The agreement also includes an additional one-time reimbursement of $5.4 million to City College for the funding gap from the first two years of the program.

“Under this deal, Free City will continue to break down barriers to higher education for all San Francisco residents and grow enrollment in the college. And, as momentum for tuition-free and debt-free college gains steam in states and across the country, Free City will continue to set an example for the nation.”

The agreement provides City College the following annual allocations to fund the Free City College program: $15 million for fiscal year (FY) 2019-2020; $15.7 million for FY 2020-2021; $16.4 million for FY 2021-2022. For FYs 2022-2023 through 2028-29, the controller will annually adjust the funding allocation to account for changes in the consumer price index using $16.4 million as a baseline. The City will also reimburse City College $5.4 million for past costs associated with the City’s underfunding of the Free City College Program.

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