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Students could get college degree for $10K under new bill

SACRAMENTO, CA - A newly drafted bill calls for a pilot program that would give some California students the chance to earn a college bachelor's degree for $10,000.

The bill, sponsored by Assem. Dan Logue, R-Chico, would create a partnership between high schools, junior colleges and California State University campuses.

"There are a lot of children out here that don't have wealthy families right," Logue said. "They want to go to school and love this field. But thousands of them have been turned away because of the costs, think this will fix that."

If approved, the program would allow high school students, who are us citizens, to earn college credits in advanced placement courses in science, math, engineering and technology. Those students would then attend a junior college. After earning the majority of their college credits, the students could transfer credits from junior college to a CSU school for 18 months. The program would target CSU campuses in three regions - Chico, Long Beach and Turlock.

"Junior college is only $26 per unit, so if we front end load the requirements before they get to the university, most of the credits have been achieved," Logue said. "As long as they keep a 'B' average and full standings in the community with their high school college classes, they'll be able to get into a university and get out two years early."

Logue has plans to meet with the presidents of Chico State University and Sacramento State University for their input about the idea over the next two weeks. He believes earning a BA in math or science at a lower cost could help students get on the fast track to securing a job in the science or tech fields. 

Logue has reached out to businesses in Silicon Valley for feedback. He said thousands of tech jobs in America are going to students from other countries.

If approved, the program could help grow a workforce for a demanding industry in California.

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