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West Virginia Senate passes free community college bill, with conditions


Charleston Gazette-Mail

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Senate unanimously passed Tuesday a bill to make in-state community and technical colleges tuition free.

But Senate Bill 284, which now heads to the House of Delegates, contains multiple requirements students would have to meet to receive the benefit.

It would also leave important details up to the council overseeing the state’s community and technical colleges, though that council’s rules must ultimately be approved by state lawmakers.

And senators didn’t amend the bill before passage Tuesday to further benefit four-year institutions, despite concerns expressed by some of those colleges’ officials. Senators also left in the post-graduation residency requirement that some experts have criticized.

SB 284 would make graduates repay part or all of the “WV Invests Grant” money they received if they reside outside the state within two years of graduating.

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