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IVC extends free tuition program for students

College exclusively tells us about the extension of their free tuition program - 13 On Your Side’s Vince Ybarra reports

IMPERIAL, Calif. (KECY, KYMA) - The Imperial Valley College (IVC) is extending their free tuition program for those who sign up and fill out a FAFSA form. 

IVC previously announced they would offer free tuition for the fall semester, but they weren’t sure if they were able to extend the program any further. 

Elizabeth Espinoza, IVC Public Information Officer, confirmed the winter and spring semester are the last semesters IVC will offer this program. 

IVC Interim President, Dr. Lennor Johnson, urges those waiting to take advantage now.

“Apply now, apply now. Get started, get registered for classes,” shared Dr. Johnson.

Dr. Johnson said the changes to the free tuition are minimal for the next two semesters. Part-time students will get $250 opposed to the previous $400 for books, while full-time students will still receive $800.

Dr. Johnson said it realized full-time students need more assistance for supplies.

“We wanna really make sure that the full-time students have opportunity to cover their books. One book may cost 2 to 300 bucks,” said Dr. Johnson.

IVC hosted Nursing & Allied Health College Career Day, which is an event for students to come and talk with health care professionals. 

Dr. Daniel Ortiz said the career day pairs well with the news that most nursing students won’t have to worry about paying for their education in the coming semester. 

“They have free text books, free registration, free parking. We really want to help our students who are serving our community,” said Dr. Ortiz. 

Nursing student Rex Rubio said the free tuition helped him save $1,100. And the extension of this program has given him much relief.

“I feel just very appreciative. I mean when I got the email that it was going to be extended, I felt like a weight was lifted off my shoulders,” said Rubio.

For more information on the extended free tuition program, click here.

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Vince Ybarra

Vince Ybarra joined KYMA in June 2021 as our Imperial Valley reporter. He was born and raised in Sacramento, CA.

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