In a city where 1 bedroom apartment can run anywhere from $2000 to over $3,500 a month, San Francisco city council is now offering two years free college tuition to anyone attending City College of San Francisco in an attempt to help struggling students.

San Francisco, one of the nation’s most expensive cities to live in, is trying to ease the financial burden for students by offering free college to all of its residents.

City officials announced Monday that, for at least the next two years, tuition for all residents attending the City College of San Francisco will be free, beginning next fall.

With education costs soaring and student loan debt hitting $1.3 trillion in the US, the city hopes the initiative — which it says is the first of its kind in the country — will give some residents an economic boost.

“Making City College free is going to provide greater opportunities for more San Franciscans to enter the middle class and more San Franciscans to stay in the middle class, if they currently are,” the city’s supervisor Jane Kim said during the press conference.

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