CTA and a coalition of California organizations together have opposed AB 955 by Assemblymember Das Williams (D-Santa Barbara). AB 955 would create a two-tier fee system in community colleges by authorizing six pilot colleges to charge their students exorbitant fees for intersession courses. These fees will cost more than $750 for a typical 3-unit community college course. This would make some community college courses more expensive than courses offered by the CSU.
Current community college fees for a typical 3-unit course are $138. By raising student fees so dramatically, AB 955 will effectively deny equal, open access to the working class Californians who depend most on our community colleges for public higher education and ultimately, social mobility.
Community colleges are designed to provide access to all students. Proposition 30, approved by voters, has begun reversing these cuts, funding community colleges adequately, and is the path toward providing wider access to students.
Please contact the governor and urge him to veto AB 955.