Senate bill would let W.Va. residents attend community and technical college for free

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Senate has voted unanimously to allow residents to attend community and technical college for free.

The bill approved Wednesday would authorize tuition grants to state residents who are at least 18 and who have completed a secondary program.

It would require passing a drug test each semester, maintaining a 2.0 grade-point average, taking at least six credit hours a semester and performing at least eight hours of community service.

Recipients would have to repay grants if they don't live in West Virginia for two years after getting their degree or certificate.

Senators on Tuesday defeated an amendment that would have expanded the bill to the state's four-year colleges.

The bill now moves to the House of Delegates. The Senate approved a similar bill last year but it stalled in the House.

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