Recent Decision on Free Community College in Maryland


Olivia Cooper, Writer

Recently, the governor of Maryland, Larry Hogan, stated that he would sign a bill into law that would make community college free. The program doesn’t work for everybody, there are limitations. The government covers tuition costs for students and gives them up to $5,000 in scholarships. This applies to families who make less than $125,000 annually. If a student only has one parent or guardian and they make less than $90,000 annually, they can also receive the benefits of this program. There are requirements not involving money as well. Like, a student has to have at least a 2.3 GPA when they graduate high school. They’d also have to enroll in the community college of their choice within two years after graduating high school.

Maryland isn’t the first state to do this, there are a few other states that have similar programs to this one. Some other states that offer programs similar to this are New York, Oregon, Kentucky, Arkansas, and a few more.

Overall, it’s a pretty decent option for college. This program comes into play next year, 2019.