Kentucky’s House of Representatives has approved a bill that would give free community college tuition to all the state’s high school graduates.
The proposal would eventually cost taxpayers about $20 million a year. Kentucky high school graduates would still have to apply for federal and state scholarships, but the state would cover whatever cost was left. All the state’s high school graduates would be eligible, including homeschooled and private school students. Students would have to maintain at least a 2.0 grade point average to keep the money.
The bill, which is modeled after a program in Tennessee, now heads to the Senate for consideration.
A version of this article appeared in the March 30, 2016 edition of Education Week as Kentucky Mulls Picking Up Community College Tuition