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New Tuition-Free-College Pilot Launches for Boston Students

By The Associated Press — June 06, 2017 1 min read

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh last week launched a new college-affordability program for city high school graduates, enabling low-income students to complete four-year degrees without paying tuition or mandatory fees.

The program will be open to all 2017 high school graduates who live in Boston. The state and the city will cover students’ tuition and fees. They’ll take federal Pell Grants into account.

To qualify for the tuition-free program, eligible students must meet federal Pell Grant income standards and enroll full time in one of three community colleges. Students will be required to complete their associate degrees within 2½ years before transferring to state public colleges or universities. The new tuition-free-college program builds on a prior initiative.

A version of this article appeared in the June 07, 2017 edition of Education Week as New Tuition-Free-College Pilot Launches for Boston Students

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