It's Official: Maryland Community Colleges to Offer Free Tuition in 2019 - NBC4 Washington

It's Official: Maryland Community Colleges to Offer Free Tuition in 2019

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    Maryland to Offer Free Tuition at Community Colleges

    Gov. Larry Hogan plans to sign a bill this week the covers tuition costs at community colleges for qualifying residents. News4's Aimee Cho reports. (Published Monday, May 7, 2018)

    Going to community college will be free for many Maryland residents next year.

    Gov. Larry Hogan signed a bill Monday the covers tuition costs at community colleges for qualifying residents.

    The legislation was approved near the end of this year's legislative session. It will create a $15 million program to provide scholarships of up to $5,000 to students from families earning less than $125,000 a year. Single adults earning less than $90,000 also would be eligible for the money.

    To qualify, prospective students must enroll in a Maryland community college within two years of finishing high school or obtaining a GED. Students would have to take 12 credit hours and have a high school GPA of at least 2.3.

    The program will go into effect in 2019.

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