W.Va. Bill: 2 Years Free, Live in State 2 More Years or Repay

The free community college bill backed by West Virginia’s governor and Senate president was introduced Monday, and the current version would benefit traditional college-age students and adults returning to school.

Senate Bill 284 would require students to enroll in at least six credit hours per semester and pay for and pass a drug test before each semester to receive the new “WV Invests Grant.”

For renewal of the grant until a degree is earned, SB 284 would require students to maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0. However, the bill doesn’t specify how long a student’s grant would last before it would require renewal, and the legislation would leave many details up to the council that oversees the state’s two-year colleges.

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