California program will pay $10,000 in tuition for students who volunteer 450 community service hours

This week, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced the expansion of a pilot program wherein the state will compensate college students with tuition money in exchange for the students completing 450 hours of community service.

There are 45 California State colleges and universities participating in the program. Students will receive $10,000 in tuition to the approved schools upon completion of the hours.

The community service can be served in a variety of ways, including tutoring, mentoring, climate action, COVID-19 recovery in their communities, and more.

“Today is a historic day in California. The Governor, alongside the leaders of the world’s top higher education systems, offered a monumental proposal to the next generation of Californians— if you step up to serve your community, we’ll help you pay for college,” said Josh Fryday, California Chief Service Officer and the head of California Volunteers.

Some Democrat presidential candidates proposed similar plans on the campaign trail ahead of the 2020 election, including now-Secretary of Transportation, Pete Buttigieg. He proposed a “A New Call to Service,” which would create a network of 1 million national service members by 2026.




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