Sierra College offers free tuition for first year

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Rocklin – To help reduce the financial burden that college can place on students, Sierra College has implemented an initiative that provides free tuition for the first full year of attendance.

California students who have earned 12 or fewer college-level units can qualify by completing a few steps:

·         Enroll full-time (30 total units in an academic year) or maximum shown on their student education plan.

·         Complete the 2018/19 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Dream Act application.

·         If taking summer classes, complete the 2017/18 FAFSA or Dream Act application by June 30.

The program is open to all students, regardless of age or income. Any college credit obtained during high school does not affect program eligibility.

Students throughout the state and at all four Sierra College campuses, Roseville, Rocklin, Nevada County and Truckee; are eligible.

“Our goal is to incentivize students to enroll in college full-time, which studies show greatly improves their rate of success,” said Sierra College Superintendent/President Willy Duncan. “Attending full time also decreases the time to completion, saving students and their families valuable resources and allowing them to enter the workforce in less time.”

This is just one of the ways Sierra is supporting its students. Free online textbooks are offered in some classes, the college’s foundation offers scholarships and students have support programs, including free tutoring, a transfer and career development center, a walk-in help center and a health center.

Sierra College has about 125 degree and certificate programs. Recently, 11 of the college’s certificate programs received statewide excellence awards. For a full list of majors, visit For more information on First Year Free, visit