From The Bluefield Daily Telegraph:
The concept of free college tuition has certainly been a popular talking point in recent months. And it is more than just talk. Earlier this year, the Republican-controlled West Virginia Legislature approved the new “WV Invests” bill, a measure that covers the costs for tuition and fees at two-year community and technical colleges for certain qualifying students.
In order to qualify for the free tuition program, students must meet a number of criteria. For example, they must first exhaust all other state and federal grant and loan funding, pass a drug test each semester, maintain a 2.0 grade-point average, take at least six credit hours per semester and perform community service. Interest in the program has been strong since it launched last month.
Just last week, Concord University unveiled an equally ambitious plan that offers free tuition for four years to qualifying Pell Grant recipients. According to CU President Dr. Kendra Boggess, the new CU Free program is effective immediately and will be available for the 2019-20 school year to students who met the April 15 deadline to submit their FASFA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). …