Free tuition proposed for MD community college students
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WBFF) - Maryland legislators are considering two bills which would call for free tuition for all students enrolled in Maryland community colleges.
Sen. Ronald N. Young, a Democrat who represents Frederick County, said: "It's great for the economy, and the investment we make in it brings back way more dollars than it costs, in terms of increased taxes on incomes."
Young says students would still be required to obtain scholarships, grants or other financial aid to cover the balance.
Under Young's bill, community-college students would also be required to perform 15 hours of community service each semester.
He says funding to cover the cost of free tuition for students would come from both the state and counties.
Fawziyah Alebiosu, a freshman at Prince George's County Community College, said: "[For] families like mine, who come from a single-family household, it can be very, very challenging to cover the cost of tuition."
Alebiosu says she is encouraged by the prospect of receiving free tuition in community college.
"For someone like me who wants to be a high school teacher in the state of Maryland, I cannot worry too much about having to pay so much debt after I graduate from college," she said.
"And, not having to worry about where next semester's tuition will come from will allow me to immerse myself more in the whole college experience," she said.
A hearing on the legislation was heard Wednesday in the Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee.