MJC makes classes free for spring 2022

Modesto Junior College (MJC) waives tuition and fees for all students for the spring 2022 semester, eliminating student debt and granting students who meet specific criteria up to $ 500 in cash and credit. library. MJC’s Free for Me campaign promises free classes and no fees for each student enrolled in the spring semester.

The college is also offering $ 250 in cash and $ 250 in bookstore credit to students who submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination and take at least six units. The MJC has also eliminated all existing student debt for current and former students, opening the door for them to take advantage of this opportunity as well.

All students who register for the spring semester are entitled to free courses, regardless of their nationality or place of residence and even if they have not attended MJC recently or if they are only taking a few units. . MJC President Dr Santanu Bandyopadhyay said the college hopes the Free for Me campaign will reverse negative trends in enrollment and school performance caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since March 2020, minority and male registrations for the MJC have declined significantly and at a faster rate than other demographics. The initiative is part of a multi-pronged effort by the college to reduce barriers and increase access to education for the community, Bandyopadhyay said.

“The impact of the pandemic has hardly been uniform on our students. Under-represented minorities, students of color and those from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds have been hit much harder than others, ”Bandyopadhyay said. “At the same time, as we emerge from the pandemic in a more tech-driven society, the need for an educated or skilled workforce is more acute than ever. In short, a college education is more relevant in the context of the jobs of the future at a time when college is unaffordable for many of our potential students.

Students wishing to participate must apply for admission to the MJC, complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), California Dream Act Application (CADAA) or California College Promise Grant (CCPG), and enroll in the during the spring of 2022.

There are no maximum or minimum units for a student to be eligible for this program. MJC was established in 1921 and is California’s first community college district.

The college offers a bachelor’s degree program which is one of 15 such programs offered at a community college in California. MJC started the long and prestigious legacy of California community college students transferring to universities, with the very first transfer student in 1922, when the former student transferred to Stanford University.

Notable alumni of the college include acclaimed director, producer and screenwriter George Lucas, major film actor Jeremy Renner, NFL Hall of Fame Gino Marchetti, Olympic athlete and actress Dot Jones, the artists by Broadway Jeremy Stolle and Lindsay Pearce, and more.