International Students Are Keeping Community Colleges Afloat

Tuition from international students at community colleges often helps the institutional bottom line. But is the education really helping international students?

Students hang out on campus at De Anza College in Cupertino, California.

Students hang out on campus at De Anza College in Cupertino, California.

In October of 2017, following in the footsteps of Tennessee, Minnesota, New York, Rhode Island, and Oregon, California became the latest state to announce free community college. Building on various local initiatives, the California College Promise, which will go into effect in the fall of this year, offers one year of free tuition to any California resident enrolling in community college for the first time.

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