Friday, December 26, 2014

Tuition-free community college proposed in Oregon - Queenie Wong, Statesman Journal

Some states are picking up the tab for community college tuition, and Oregon could be next. Under a draft bill in the Oregon Legislature, tuition not covered by federal and state grants would be waived for some high school graduates. Students would still be required to contribute $50 per course. "I think it's reasonable," said Sen. Mark Hass, D-Beaverton, chairman of the Senate Education & Workforce Development Committee. "We're saying we're throwing open the doors to community college to any high school graduate in Oregon." It's a plan that will likely help more middle-class students than low-income. But it's also a proposal the Beaverton lawmaker called realistic when it comes to costs.

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