No tuition for first-time LTCC students this fall

Lake Tahoe Commuity College

The Lake Tahoe Community College mascot gets a high five and the first-year students get no tuition fees starting next fall.

Starting in fall 2018, all first-time, full-time California residents or AB540 eligible students attending Lake Tahoe Community College will pay no tuition their first year. The Lake Tahoe College Promise is available to any student who is attending college for the first time. LTCC offers associate degrees, bachelor’s degrees, and vocational certificates in more than 40 areas of study, including Psychology, Business, Fire Science, Culinary Arts and Allied Health.

“Finances can be a huge barrier for those considering a post-high school education,” Superintendent/President Jeff DeFranco said. “We are proud to be a leader in this movement of opportunity by providing a first-rate, affordable education that equips students with the skills to attain a good-paying job, transition to a four-year institution either on our campus or elsewhere, or advance in their current careers.”

In addition to free tuition for a year for qualifying students, LTCC also offers a wide range of campus resources and programs that can help students achieve success. Among these is the Open Educational Resources Initiative, which works to supply free or reasonably priced textbooks and other course materials. Other resources include laptop rentals, unlimited free bus transportation within the South Shore, free tutoring and mentoring services, writing help, and academic counseling.

Students who attend LTCC will not only gain an exceptional education from a nationally accredited institution, but also an authentic college experience filled with a vibrant campus life, student clubs, extracurricular activities, and enriching events – all set in the heart of beautiful South Lake Tahoe.

LTCC’s campus is a dynamic place to learn. Approximately 3,000 students come through the doors at LTCC each quarter. The 164-acre wooded campus also features a Fine Arts center with studio and gallery space, a commercial-grade Culinary Arts kitchen, diverse indoor and outdoor learning spaces including a terraced amphitheater and outdoor library plaza with fire pit, a world-class synthetic turf soccer field and two grass fields, and a brand-new University Center opening this summer that will house advanced degree programs at LTCC.

For more information about the Lake Tahoe College Promise or Lake Tahoe Community College, visit

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