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Free community college program being expanded

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - San Diego's free community college program is about to expand dramatically, providing an opportunity for students to transform their lives through education. 

The announcement came as the room was filled with students plus the chancellor of the San Diego Community College District and board trustees. The superintendent of San Diego Unified and board president also spoke. 
The "San Diego Promise" program pays for tuition, books and mentoring. In its second year, it will quadruple to almost 800 students in 2017.  A mix of graduates from San Diego Unified, continuing education and homeless youth. 
The San Diego Community College District has the most affordable higher education in the country. However, officials say many students come from under-represented communities with a household income of less than $10,000 to $40,000 a year. 

Now they're starting a fundraising campaign to help run the free education program. 

"Just trying to find a job after getting my mom back to health, it was hard, you know, I didn't think I could keep up with those kids. I didn't have a high school diploma. I was doing one credit at a time. It was second nature I got all A's." Romelia Turner, said.

Click here if you'd like to apply, the application deadline is February 10, 2017. 

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