Community college scholarships OK’d by NC House panel

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina high school students with strong grades could receive free community college tuition in a bill that’s cleared its first legislative hurdle.

A House committee on community college matters Tuesday recommended the High Achieving Tuition Scholarship Program, which would begin in the fall of 2016. Students with at least a 3.5 grade point average would receive tuition for up to 16 credit hours for up to four semesters, provided they meet certain standards in community college.

Bill primary sponsor Rep. Jeffrey Elmore of North Wilkesboro says the program would give students more flexibility in higher education. He says community college may be a good fit for some students.

The bill – now heading to another committee – envisions spending $2 million in the first year of the program’s existence.

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