Thousands of San Mateo County residents will remain eligible for free community college through the summer and next year but district officials have taken a more conservative approach to lower barriers to higher education by taking into account financial need for other fees.

John Pimentel

John Pimentel

“It would be great to do everything but as an old mentor of mine in the community college work, Mike Claire said, … we can do anything but we can’t do everything,” board Vice President John Pimentel said during a meeting on March 22. “If we want to layer more stuff on that later we can get to that later but I think it’s a slightly more conservative approach than trying to do everything for everybody.”

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