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Kentucky Budget Includes Free Community College Plan

April 20, 2016

Kentucky lawmakers reached a budget agreement last week that includes a plan for free community college.

The budget includes $25 million for the "Work Ready" scholarships that would provide up to two years of free community college to the state's high school graduates, reported The Courier-Journal. The scholarship would provide so-called last-dollar aid for up to six semesters to newly enrolled students in the two-year system. Last-dollar aid means the scholarship would cover any tuition and fees that federal and state grants or assistance programs do not.

However, the state's community colleges and universities also will see a 4.5 percent cut in funding.

Republican Governor Matt Bevin has until April 27 to act on the budget bill.


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