California is home to over 2 million community college students — more than the entire populations of Vermont, Wyoming, and Washington, D.C. combined. But the rising cost of higher education — which has increased over 1,100 percent nationwide since the late 1970s — has left tens of thousands of California students hungry and homeless, and discouraged students from pursuing college at all.

But a new proposal from California legislators and Governor Gavin Newsom, the California College Promise bill, could be a gamechanger for students by offering two years of free tuition to full-time students. The idea from state lawmakers is a big deal. If enacted into law, California would follow states like Tennessee and Rhode Island that have launched statewide free community college programs.

Read the full piece at MTV News.