POPLARVILLE, MS (WDAM) - A bill to pay tuition for any young community college student in Mississippi who is not covered by other financial aid is one step closer to becoming law. On Wednesday, the House Universities and Colleges Committee passed House Bill 424.
It would pay for four semesters of school for any Mississippi resident under 21 who enrolls within 12 months of graduating high school and who can't find any other type of financial aid.
The student would have to maintain a 2.5 GPA and be in school full time.
The bill now goes to the Appropriations Committee.
"We're encouraged by that bill," said Dr. William Lewis, president of Pearl River Community College. "It looks like it has some promise this year. It seems to be gathering support as time goes on and would be a great opportunity for students in this state to receive a tuition-free, higher education for the first two years," he said.
Some local governments and private donors are already offering the free tuition for residents in 20 of the state's 82 counties.