Paul G Pinsky

Thousands of Maryland community college students could get free tuition under last-minute bill

Thousands of Maryland community college students could get free tuition under last-minute bill

Thousands of students seeking degrees and professional certificates at Maryland community colleges could be eligible for free tuition from the state under a compromise the General Assembly passed in the final minutes of its 2018 legislative session.

The legislation calls for the state to spend $15 million a year to award scholarships worth as much as $5,000 to low- and middle-income students who are beginning their community college educations. The measure also proposes about $2 million over five years in grants for current students who are close to finishing degrees at community colleges and four-year institutions, worth up to one-third of their tuition.

“This investment is...

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