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Eugene

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Tue May 21, 2024, 04:28 PM May 21

Massachusetts Senate weighs tuition-free community college plan

Source: Associated Press

Massachusetts Senate weighs tuition-free community college plan

BY STEVE LEBLANC
Updated 3:04 PM EDT, May 21, 2024

BOSTON (AP) — A plan to create tuition-free, universal community college for all Massachusetts residents was up for discussion Tuesday as the state Senate launched debate on its proposed $57.9 billion budget for the new fiscal year.

Supporters, including Democratic Senate President Karen Spilka, say the plan dubbed MassEducate is aimed at increasing the state’s workforce while expanding opportunities for students across the state.

The proposal would set aside $75.5 million in new spending to cover tuition and fees, and offer a stipend of up to $1,200 for books, supplies, and other costs to students who make 125% or less of the median income in the state.

The Senate plan included in its Fiscal Year 2025 budget would continue to invest in programs created in the current-year budget, including $18 million in free nursing programs at community colleges and $24 million in free community college for residents over 25.

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Read more: https://apnews.com/article/massachusetts-senate-budget-free-community-college-559c499b55fb4ac1ccbbfbde17c83e57

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