By JORDAN NELSON
BECKLEY, W.Va. — New River Community & Technical College President Dr. Bonny Copenhaver believes enrollment at the college will increase by 20 percent next semester due to the WV Invests Grant.
The West Virginia Legislature recently passed a bill, which will allow an individual to receive a high-quality certificate or associate degree for free. Sometimes referred to as the “free community college” bill, the program is a “last dollar in” program, meaning students use all of their other federal and/or state grant awards first, then WV Invests will cover the remaining costs for tuition and fees at community and technical colleges throughout the state.
Copenhaver said her estimation of a 20 percent increase in enrollment is due to enrollment spikes in other states who have also implemented their versions of WV Invests.
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