Maryland Offering Free College Tuition

May 13, 2018




Governor Larry Hogan signed over 200 bills into law earlier this week. Some legislation provided prosecutors in rape and sexual assault cases the ability to present evidence of a defendant’s previous acts that could prove a pattern of behavior, under certain circumstances. Other legislation, such as Children in Out-Of-Home-Placement, requires the Department of Human Services to develop a Foster Youth Bill of Rights outlining the rights of children in out-of-home placements; and also requires the Department of Human Services, or to be specific, the Social Services Administration to provide each child who is at least 13 years old a copy of the Foster Youth Bill of Rights yearly.


The favorite legislation for all of those parents wondering how to prepare for their children going to college in the next year, though, has to be the promise of free college tuition.


The Big Question: WHEN?


Yes, you read right, Governor Hogan signed into law that Maryland will start a program to provide free college tuition for those going to community college. The legislation does not go into effect until 2019. More specifics will surely follow regarding this.


But Who Will Benefit?


The program is geared towards high school students from low- and middle-class families earning less than $125,000.00 a year. Single adults who are earning less than $90,000.00 a year also would be eligible for the money from the program. High school students who have a 2.3 GPA, students enrolling to Maryland community colleges within two years of finishing high school, and students obtaining a GED would be eligible. Students using this program would have to be a full-time student at the enrolled community college, meaning that they must maintain twelve (12) credits each semester.


Prospective students who want to go into the world without college debts to pay apparently benefit. Really though, it is the struggling parents wanting their children to be successful and adults interested in getting an Associate’s Degree, that will benefit from this program.


How is This Possible?


The legislation will create a program that would offer fifteen (15) million dollars a year to provide scholarships of up to $5,000.00 to students beginning their college educations. There would be an additional two (2) million dollars allotted over five years for grants to help cover tuition for students close to finishing their degrees.


These programs are being developed, and college education is being pushed, because the requirements of the workforce are ever increasing. It is very normal to see a potential job offering an entry-level position, with matching entry-level pay, but requiring either five years’ experience or an Associate’s or higher in education to be considered for the position. Not only that, but with the Baby-Boomers retiring, employers are looking for highly educated workers, but education costs money that some do not have, and so they do not pursue. This program hopes to bridge the gap.


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