How Free College Affects HBCUs

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan last week announced a program to offer conditional tuition support to high school graduates in the state beginning in 2019. The Free State joins several others across the country in making career and technical training virtually free for qualifying students, after federal and state financial aid and other scholarships cover some costs.

So what’s the impact on historically black colleges? First, it’s helpful to look at how some black campuses have already been impacted by these programs. Specifically in Tennessee, where preliminary reports are in on the Tennessee Promise program, which boasts increases in first-year student enrollment, and graduation rates from two-year schools.

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