W.Va. House OKs community college and technical-education bill

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. -
UPDATE: 3/6/2019

The West Virginia House of Delegates passed a bill Wednesday that would allow state residents to attend community and technical college for free.

The bill was approved by an 85-13 vote.

The Senate, which previously passed a version of the bill, will now have to consider the House changes.

Seventeen other states offer similar programs.

The bill would authorize tuition grants to West Virginians at least 18 years old 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.


ORIGINAL STORY

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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