College president says WV free tuition bill beneficial for students


A bill that would allow West Virginia residents to attend community and technical colleges for free is sitting on Governor Jim Justice’s desk. 

The bill would authorize tuition grants to residents at least 18 years old who have completed a secondary program. 

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

The President of West Virginia Northern Community College believes this bill would be beneficial for students.

“Senate Bill One is a great opportunity for our students to take advantage of technical programs,” Interim President Michael J. Koon said. “It allows the students who go in to select programs that are selected by the Department of Commerce, high-occupation programs, to get tuition paid for as a last dollar in, which means that they have to apply for financial aid and then after they get financial aid, anything that’s left over, this bill pays for.”

Recipients would have to repay grants if they don’t live in the Mountain State for two years after earning their degree or certificate.

Stay with 7News for the latest updates on if and when Governor Justice signs the bill into law. 

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