New College Corps Program in California Offers Students Debt-Free Pathways
Kristi Eaton, The Daily Yonder
Phillip Andrew Marx takes care of chickens, ducks, and turkeys in exchange for money to help him graduate college with no student debt. Marx, 34, is one of the thousands of students taking part in the California College Corps program.
The effort allows college students in California to receive up to $10,000 in exchange for 450 community service hours. In its first year, 3,200 students were selected for the program. Of those, 68 percent are Pell Grant eligible, 64 percent are first-generation college students, and 80 percent are students of color.