Free tuition for many as Sierra College registration begins |

Free tuition for many as Sierra College registration begins

Enrollment for first-time students began April 30, Academic counseling appointments are available by calling the local Sierra College campus at 274-5302.
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Fall registration at Sierra College has begun and for many that will mean free tuition. If you are a first-time college student, due to the passage of AB 19 (State Promise Grant), full-time students will have their tuition waived during their first year.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for any person who would like to attend college,” said Sierra College Dean Stephanie Ortiz. “Entering high school graduates can save many thousands and complete their Associate of Arts or Science degree or certificates to prepare for the workforce all here in our personalized setting at the Nevada County Campus before heading towards a university or the work world,” said Ortiz. In fact, Sierra College is the number one community college in Northern California for students transferring to four-year institutions.

Ortiz notes that enrollment for first-time students begins on April 30, so this would be an opportune time to apply then make an academic counseling appointment by calling the local Sierra College campus at 274-5302. Eligible students will not have to pay the tuition cost of $46 per unit but will have to pay for parking, books and health center costs. Classes for the Fall 2019 term begin on Aug. 24. Summer classes begin on June 10.

Ortiz also encourages another sector of the Nevada County community to come back to school — senior citizens. She suggests seniors should check out Sierra’s online schedule at: Ortiz notes she welcomes senior citizens who are seeking to take a class or two at the campus. Transcripts and other materials are not needed to apply and register, as enrollment is open to all residents. Furthermore, senior citizens may wish to take classes on a pass/no pass basis.

“We have a variety of courses that would be of interest to our senior community including foreign languages, art, music, government and history,” said Ortiz.

For more information, contact the western Nevada County campus of Sierra College at 530-274-5302.

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