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West Virginia Senate passes community college bill


The Register-Herald

CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — The West Virginia Senate unanimously passed a bill aiming to increase access to community college, with one senator calling it “one giant leap for education” in the Mountain State.

The bill would create the West Virginia Invest grant and the Advanced Career Education program, or ACE. The ACE program aims to provide high school students with an opportunity to earn post-secondary credits and an associate degree by establishing partnerships with community colleges.

The bill has a few qualifications. People have to be residents of West Virginia for a year before applying. Students also must have a high school diploma, GED or equivalent, must not previously have earned a post-secondary degree, and must have completed the FAFSA.

Students also must enroll in at least six credit hours per semester, pass a drug test before each semester, maintain a GPA of at least 2.0 and complete community service hours. Students also must live in the state for two years upon completing their associate’s degree or certificate or repay the amount of the grant.

Students also must be at least 18 years old.The estimated cost of the bill is $8 million.

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