American currency, hundred dollars, fifty dollars, twenty dollars, ten dollars, one dollar and some change photographed on Monday, March 8, 2021 in Pittsburg,Calif. Currency, banks, retail services. (Ray Saint Germain/Bay City News)

In an effort to help students burdened by the pandemic, tuition and mandatory fees at the College of Marin will be free for the spring 2022 semester.

All students enrolled in more than 0.5 units for the spring semester are eligible, college officials said.

The program is funded by the College of Marin’s portion of federal COVID-19 relief funding.

“We understand that many members of our campus community may be experiencing financial burden because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and we want tuition to be one less thing they have to worry about,” College of Marin President David Wain Coon said.

The program will cover 18 units’ worth of classes at the college, which has two campuses located in Kentfield and Novato. The program will not cover the cost of parking permits or books.

Those who have already paid for spring semester will receive a refund check according to the college.

Registration for students has opened already. The semester begins on Jan. 22 for Saturday classes and Jan. 24 for weekday classes.

More information can be found at https://es.marin.edu/clear-path-program.