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Maryland Bill Could Usher in Free Tuition

by Scott Dance

Thousands of students seeking degrees and professional certificates at Maryland community colleges could be eligible for free tuition from the state under a compromise the General Assembly passed in the final minutes of its 2018 legislative session.

The legislation calls for the state to spend $15 million a year to award scholarships worth as much as $5,000 to low- and middle-income students who are beginning their community college educations. The measure also proposes about $2 million over five years in grants for current students who are close to finishing degrees at community colleges and four-year institutions, worth up to one-third of their tuition.

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