CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – President Obama announced a new proposal that could change the way students pay for community college.
“America’s College Promise” would pay for two years of community college or trade school for students. They’d be required to maintain a 2.5 GPA, attend at least part-time, and show steady progress toward getting a degree.
The proposal would have to be approved by Congress first, but one local student told 22News he thinks it would be a great idea.
“I go to UMass Darmouth but I went to STCC, which is the community college in Springfield. Some people couldn’t make it to class because they had work, and I can understand that. So this will be less taxing on them, they’ll have more time to concentrate on school,” said Stefen Welch of UMass Dartmouth.
If it passes, the President expects 9 million students to participate. The federal government would pay 75% of tuition, which would equal out to around $60 billion over the next decade.