Frequently Asked Questions
What is Free City?
Free City is a partnership between City College and the City & County of San Francisco, backed by the voters of San Francisco to provide its residents free tuition to City College.
Who is eligible?
- Students may be eligible for Free City which covers their tuition for Fall and Spring semesters only.
- Students may qualify if they are both a California resident for one year & one day and a San Francisco resident.
- Students may qualify for a non-resident exemption (AB540, AB 13, AB2000).
- Students may qualify if they are homeless or are a foster youth and meet the California residency requirement.
How do I apply for Free City?
Applying for Free City is part of the online City College registration system.
- First time students, and students returning after a two-semester or longer absence, first apply for admission to California Community Colleges by visiting ccsf.edu “Online Application”. Once the application is processed, new and returning students register using the same steps as “Continuing Students” below.
- Continuing Students visit ccsf.edu to register for Fall or Spring Semester classes via City College’s web4 registration system. Free City is not offered during Summer Semester.
- The Free City application form is embedded in the web4 registration system.
o Log onto your web4 student account
o Complete and submit the one-page Free City application form
o The next web4 screen notifies you of your Free City eligibility. If you are eligible, your enrollment fees “tuition” will appear as waived charges on the payment screen.
- In addition to the Free City enrollment fee “tuition” waiver, most of our students are eligible for significant state and federal financial support. After registering for classes, we strongly encourage you to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Application.
What is covered?
Enrollment fee per unit
What is NOT covered?
Web registration fee
Student Activities fee - optional
Student Representation fee – optional
Course Material fees*
*only specific courses charge additional course materials fees, as noted in the course schedule
Who receives stipends?
Students who apply for financial aid and are recipients of the Board of Governors fee waiver will be eligible for an additional Free City stipend.
a. Students enrolled in 12+ credit units: $250 per semester.
b. Students enrolled in 6-11 credit units: $100 per semester.
If I am receiving a Free City stipend, how will I receive it?
- You will receive the first 50% of the disbursement after the last day to drop without a W (see instructional calendar), and receive the second 50% after midterms (see instructional calendar).
What if I drop my course?
1) What happens if I drop my courses and Free City is paying my enrollment fees?
a. If you drop courses before the date to receive a full refund, you owe nothing. Refund deadlines are next to each course listing on the college website at www.ccsf.edu/Schedule.
b. If you drop after the deadline to receive a full refund, then you are liable for all applicable fees, including enrollment fees/tuition for each course dropped, and the money will be returned to the Free City Program.
2) What happens if I drop my course and I am receiving a Free City stipend?
a. If you drop all courses, before the refund deadline, you are liable for the stipend.
b. If you drop from full time (12 credits or more) to part time (6-11 credits) after the refund deadline, you are liable to return a portion of the stipend.
c. If you drop below 6 credits, you may be liable to return the stipend.
3) How do I maintain eligibility?
- Remain both a California resident and a San Francisco resident.
- Qualify for a non-resident exemption (AB540, AB 13, AB2000).
- Meet the California residency requirement as a homeless person or foster youth.
- Continue to follow college policies and requirements listed in the College Catalog.
- Complete a FAFSA or California Dream Application.
When can I register for Spring 2018?
- Web4 Registration for Continuing Students: November 27, 2017 - January 13, 2018
- Web4 Registration for New or re-admit students: December 13, 2017 - January 13, 2018
- In Person Registration: January 8, 2018 - January 12, 2018
Classes begin January 16, 2018.