Senate Bill 81 offers “free” community college to eligible students:
· Residents of Oregon
· Within 6 months of their HS graduation or GED
· Maintain at least a 2.5 GPA
· Working towards an Associate’s Degree, program certificate in CTE or one-year curriculum certificate
The State of Oregon will pay the balance of tuition not covered by need-based grants for eligible students who have applied for and received those grants.
If passed, Oregon will become only the second state to offer such a program (following Tennessee in 2014).
According to the 2011-12 Community College Profile (the most recent one the state has made available) about 11% of Oregon CC students receive Federal Pell Grants. Here at KCC, that number is about 16.5%.
Given that enrollment at Oregon Community Colleges has dropped between 20% and 30% since 2009, and that more than 60% of Oregon college graduates leave school owing on average more than $26,000 (source
), this bill, if passed, has the potential to make a big difference.
Here is the full text of SB 81:
And here is the OregonLive story:
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