Nevada Adopts Program for Free Community College

on June 12, 2017

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval signed the Nevada Promise Scholarship into law on June 9, 2017. The Nevada Promise Scholarship pays the tuition of eligible students at community colleges.


According to the state of Nevada, the $3.5 million program will be available to graduating high school seniors in 2018. Those students, however, must apply and use other forms of federal and state financial aid before the scholarship is applied.


The scholarship is tied to a grade point average requirement of 2.5, and community colleges can opt out of the program. Participants must also be a resident of Nevada, have obtained a high school diploma or a GED and be less than 20 years old.


The scholarship also establishes a mentorship program with one mentor assigned to groups of 10 students or less.


Nine states have established College Promise legislation. Many states have been examining or enacting programs to reduce or cover tuition.


Kentucky recently established a program that will pay for an industry-recognized certificate or diploma for work in areas where there is a worker shortage. New York and Arkansas also have enacted free tuition measures this year.

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