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Bill adds community college classes at higher cost

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Community colleges in California could offer additional classes during shorter summer and winter sessions at higher fees under a bill that has passed the state Assembly.

Democratic Assemblyman Das Williams of Santa Barbara says his bill would help students complete their degrees faster as state funding continues to lag after years of budget cuts. Students could take a high-demand class without waiting another semester or year.

Fees for classes authorized under AB955 would be charged at non-resident rates. The average cost is $200 per unit, compared to $46 for state-subsidized credits.

Opponents say the higher fees for certain sessions would restrict course availability to those who can afford the extra cost.

The Assembly approved the legislation Monday on a vote of 48-12, over objections from some Democrats and one Republican.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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