Sierra College

Reducing Financial Burden for Qualified Students

Rocklin (June 2018) – In order 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 easily qualify by simply completing a few steps:


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  • 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 they are also taking summer classes, they will need to complete the 2017/18 FAFSA or Dream Act application by June 30 as well.

Once they have completed these steps, Sierra College will take care of the rest. The program is open to all students regardless of age or income. In addition, any college credit obtained during High School does not affect eligibility in the program. Students throughout the state and at all four 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,” noted 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 text books are offered in whatever classes they are available, the college’s Foundation offers a large number of scholarships, and students have a wide range of support programs including free tutoring, a transfer and career development center, a dedicated walk in Help Center, a Health Center, and much more.

Sierra College offers degrees in Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, and Associate Degrees of Transfer and Career Education Certificates. Recently eleven of the college’s certificate programs received statewide excellence awards.

Photos courtesy: Daryl Stinchfield

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