Berkeley, Calif., August 9, 2022 – Berkeley City College has announced the Fall is Free at BCC campaign to support student access and success to higher education for the Fall 2022 semester. Classes start August 22nd.
For qualifying students, Berkeley City College will pay the enrollment costs per unit, campus center fees, student center fees, and health center fees. Berkeley City College will also waive the AC Transit fee for students who enroll in 6 units or more, receiving free bus transportation for the Fall.
To qualify, students must enroll in at least 3 units and complete a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), California Dream Act, or California Promise Grant. The financial aid application must be filed with Berkeley City College designated as the student’s home college. Students will receive funds after the FAFSA is completed, but students do not need to qualify for financial aid to receive Fall is Free at BCC benefits.
The program includes first time college students, currently enrolled students, returning students, English language learners, recreational learners, career education students, and dual enrolled high school students. Out of state and international students are not eligible for this program. Eligible students who already paid their fees for the Fall ’22 semester will be reimbursed.
“We recognize students in our community are making important decisions to provide for themselves and their families amid a pandemic, rising housing costs, and inflation. Berkeley City College is pleased to offer access to higher education to all by removing financial barriers for BCC students,” said Berkeley City College President Angélica Garcia. “This is an opportunity for students to enroll in as many classes as they can at no cost, jumpstarting their educational pathway to completion, certification, or transfer.”
Berkeley City College is recognized for being among the colleges with the highest rates of completion and transfer to California State University (CSU) and University of California (UC) systems. Our efforts increase opportunities for historically marginalized groups by closing the equity gap in our local community. Berkeley City College is a two-year recognized 2021 Equity Champion for Higher Education for closing equity gaps in Latinx and African American student transfers, and a four-year Champion of Higher Education for exemplary work in implementing and awarding Associated Degrees for Transfer by the Campaign for College Opportunity. Career Education includes growing programs in biotechnology, sciences, teacher preparation, health and social services, and more. With more than 100 degree and certificate programs, students have access to an academic pathway that suits their goals.
Berkeley City College is hosting Fall 2022 Enrollment Workshops throughout August and into September to assist students with the application process, financial aid applications and registration. Learn more about the Fall is Free at BCC program and our enrollment workshops at www.berkeleycitycollege.edu/free