California Democrats introduced a college affordability plan aimed at making Cal State and UC educations debt-free for almost 400,000 students, the LA Times reported.
The ‘Degrees Not Debt’ proposal would also make the first year of community college tuition free for full-time students.
The plan is estimated to cost around $1.6 billion, and Assembly Democrats have proposed phasing in the increased aid over five years. There would be an initial cost of $320 million and an additional $100 million for the community college provisions.
The proposal would be the first in the nation to cover living expenses such as books, transportation and housing in addition to tuition costs.