California To Pay Students $10,000 For Community Work

By Rick Gonzales | Published

Somehow, the state of California has a nice surplus of money in their coffers, and they are ready, willing, and able to spend it. California students, those in select colleges and universities across the state, are about to be big winners in a new program that Gov. Gavin Newsome recently announced. It is called Californians For All College Corps and it is aimed at helping “create debt-free college pathways for low-income students who commit to serve.”

California student handout
California Governor Gavin Newsome

Under this new program, which when launched will be the largest college service program seen in the history of California where state-level investment is concerned, up to 6,500 college students will complete 450 community service hours during an academic school year and in return will receive up to $10,000 to go toward the rising cost of higher learning. Also, for the California students, not only will they get the money, which they will be able to apply toward living expenses as well, their community service will allow them to be eligible to earn academic credits.

The Californians For All College Corps program will offer service opportunities for students over a two-year period in areas such as K-12 education, climate action, and COVID-19 recovery. One year (450 hours) of service gains California students the big prize, though it was not said if students would be allowed two years of service or not.

The Governor’s office worked in tandem with the University of California, California State University, community college, and private university systems to come up with a list of 45 colleges and universities that will take part in the program. If any California students in the respective schools wish to partake in this new profitable venture, their chance will be coming soon. The entire list can be seen below.

  • Allan Hancock College   
  • Butte College
  • Cal Poly Pomona
  • Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
  • Cal State LA
  • College of the Desert
  • College of the Redwoods
  • College of the Siskiyous
  • Compton College
  • Concordia University Irvine
  • Crafton Hills College
  • CSU Bakersfield
  • CSU Chico
  • CSU Dominguez Hills
  • CSU East Bay
  • CSU Long Beach
  • CSU Monterey Bay
  • CSU San Bernardino
  • Cuesta College
  • East Los Angeles College
  • Fresno State
  • Fresno City College
  • Glendale Community College
  • Humboldt State University
  • Irvine Valley College
  • Riverside City College
  • Rio Hondo College
  • Sacramento City College
  • Sacramento State
  • San Bernardino Valley College
  • San Francisco State
  • San José State
  • Shasta College
  • Stanislaus State
  • UC Berkeley
  • UC Davis
  • UC Irvine
  • UC Los Angeles
  • UC Merced
  • UC Riverside
  • UC San Diego
  • University of San Diego
  • University of the Pacific
  • Vanguard University
  • Woodland Community College

“California is a world leader in both higher education and service,” said Governor Newsom via his press release. “The #CaliforniansForAll College Corps advances these priorities by connecting Californians of different backgrounds with enriching service opportunities throughout the state while making college more affordable for our state’s future leaders. We hope the Corps will be replicated across the nation.”

The deep-pocketed state plans on investing nearly $146 million into the new program. These funds come from the California budget which was passed last year. Today, there are many students smiling at the thought of earning $10,000 toward their future. The Californians For All College Corps program is scheduled to begin this fall. Applications for the program are expected to be available as early as March.

Governor Newsome has made it a priority in finding smart ways to help relieve the debt burden many California students are facing. The latest numbers show that nearly four million Californians (not just students) owe $147 billion in student debt. Californians For All College Corps is a nice step forward in tackling this crippling issue that sees Latino and Black Californians facing the highest rates of loan delinquency and default.

Josh Fryday, California Chief Service Officer, was very encouraged by the announcement of the new program. “Today is a historic day in California. The Governor, alongside the leaders of the world’s top higher education systems, offered a monumental proposal to the next generation of Californians— if you step up to serve your community, we’ll help you pay for college,” he said via East County Today.