Murphy Approves Bill Making Tuition-Free Community College Permanent

Gov. Phil Murphy approved a bill on his desk Feb. 26 making tuition-free community college a permanent program, setting in stone a key campaign promise of the first-term Democrat.

The existing Community College Opportunity Grant covers the costs of tuition for two-year associate’s degrees for some of the state’s poorest families who have a combined gross income of up to $65,000.

Under his $44.8 billion budget proposal to cover state expenses between July 1 and June 30, 2022, the program would get $27 million.

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