Laney College Offering Free Tuition for Spring

A concrete building with the words "Laney College" in green letters at the top
Laney College. Photo by Momo Chang.

Laney College and the three other Peralta Community College District schools — College of Alameda, Berkeley City College, and Merritt College in Oakland — are offering free tuition for California residents and undocumented residents.

The “Spring is Free” campaign comes on the heels of this semester’s “Fall is Free” program, which are supported by the U.S. government’s Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund. The COVID-19 pandemic contributed to a significant decline in community college enrollment in the state.

Students need to fill out a FAFSA form in order to be eligible to have tuition fees waived.

According to the community college school district, Laney College saw a 15% increase in enrollment since the “Fall is Free” program compared to the 2021 Fall enrollment.

Each college will offer additional financial perks such as free parking, bus passes, free meals, Chromebook and wifi, and more.

Enrollment for Spring classes is currently open. Visit the Peralta Community College District’s website to enroll.

Author Profile

Momo Chang is a freelance journalist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is the Oakland Voices Co-Director. Her work focuses on healthcare, immigration, education, Asian American communities, food and culture. She is a former staff writer at the Oakland Tribune. Momo has received journalism awards from the Society of Professional Journalists for investigative reporting and the Asian American Journalists Association, among others. Her work has appeared in the East Bay Express, San Francisco Chronicle, Wired, and The New York Times. Momo is primarily a print journalist who also produces audio and visual stories for documentary film and radio. She is a Senior Contributing Editor for Hyphen and formerly the Content Manager at the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM).

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