Massachusetts governor Maura Healey, a Democrat, has proposed to make community college free for all Massachusetts residents 25 and older who have not yet earned a college degree or industry credential, The Sun Chronicle reported.
“We have an incredible opportunity before us to train the next generation of workers and increase opportunities for all,” said Healey, who described the program Wednesday during a visit to Bunker Hill Community College in Boston. She included the program in her budget plan for the state, also released Wednesday.
The program would offer students financial support to help cover the cost of tuition, fees, books and supplies as well as provide funding for career and support services.
Democratic Senate president Karen Spilka has called for the state to make community college free for all students.