500 Baltimore Students Get Free College

More than 500 Baltimore public school students will go to community college for free in the first year of the city’s “last-dollar scholarship program.”

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh, who announced the free community college plan last year, said the program provides “clear pathways for our young people and to put them in reach of their higher aspirations.”

Since much of community college tuition is already paid for through federal grants, the city generally covers a few hundred dollars per student under the mayor’s plan. About 92 percent of community college students already receive Pell Grants, which pay for the bulk of their tuition.

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