Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Governor signs community college tuition waiver bill

Statesman Journal
July 17th, 2015

Hood River’s Columbia Gorge Community College provided an appropriate location for Gov. Kate Brown’s ceremonial signing of a bill that will provide a tuition waiver for qualifying community college students.
Brown was joined by Rep. Mark Johnson, R-Hood River, who advocated for lowering tuition at Oregon’s community colleges and universities during the 2015 session. Johnson co-sponsored the legislation, known as the Oregon Promise initiative, with Sen. Mark Hass, D-Beaverton, and Rep. Tobias Read, D-Beaverton, according to a press release from Johnson’s office.
The bill allocates $10 million in tuition waivers for students who qualify for the program, which will go into effect July 1, 2016, for courses during the 2016-17 academic year. As a “last dollar” program, students who qualify must first have applied for federal student aid and accepted all available federal financial aid. Other qualifications include having received a high school diploma or GED within the last six months, resided in Oregon for 12 months prior to enrolling and earned a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better in high school.

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