Help with food and housing costs would enable more students to succeed and thrive in community college.
Calbright College, California's new online community college, faces loss of state funds as the state legislature looks for ways to fund other education programs. Gov Newsom and the college's administration stand behind Calbright.
With eight weeks to go before the start of classes, Calbright College faces questions on whether it will be ready.
Its new president says it plans to launch online and job training for 400 students.
The name Calbright was chosen to provide "a sense of aspiration and place" for the school that combines online and workplace learning.
Since the new school is not only online, its name is changing. "Calbright College" seeks to evoke California and a better future.
Very different from traditional community colleges, it targets 8 million underemployed Californians and aims to be tuition-free.