Long Beach City College experiments with tiered pricing

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Long Beach City College is the first in California to offer a tiered pricing plan, approved by the state Legislature last fall.

Under the law, six community colleges were allowed to implement a two-tiered pricing system for high-demand classes during summer and winter terms until 2018. The two-year colleges typically charge $46 per unit, among the lowest in the country.

Educators and experts say colleges nationwide may be watching the Long Beach experiment, one of the only such programs in the country, as a way to get around budget cuts and high demand for required courses.

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