Weekly roundup: College offers free tuition, HB students receive new backpacks, and more

Orange Coast College is offering free tuition to full-time, first-year students.

The “Pirates’ Promise” is available to California residents who apply for financial aid and enroll in at least 15 units, which would normally cost about $690 a semester, according to this story in the Orange County Register.

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“We do hope to see a bump in enrollment, and maybe this is an incentive for students to apply,” Juan Gutierrez, a spokesman for the college, told the newspaper.

The program, covering fall 2018 and spring 2019, is being funded through the California College Promise Grant, which was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown last year. Santa Ana College, also in the Coast Community College District, launched similar a free-tuition program in 2016.

And here are some other stories from the week ending Aug. 31:

  • About 40 students from College View Elementary in Huntington Beach received new backpacks filled with colored pencils, folders, composition books, paper and other school supplies courtesy of an Arizona-based package delivery company.
  • Orange County schools are already recruiting talent and assembling teams for this year’s Academic Pentathlon, which is featured in the latest edition of “OCDE in 30 Seconds.”

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