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WV House set to pass free community college bill, after rejecting expansion

By RYAN QUINN

Charleston Gazette-Mail

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia House of Delegates Tuesday amended the Senate’s free community college tuition bill to also pay for associate’s degrees that some public, primarily four-year colleges offer.

But the House rejected proposed amendments that would’ve expanded tuition aid beyond that, including through helping students who want bachelor’s degrees.

House Finance Chairman Eric Householder, R-Berkeley, said the biggest two expansion proposals would “absolutely” prevent Senate Bill 1 from getting through the Legislature by the time this year’s annual regular legislative session ends Saturday night.

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