$50 Million Proposed to Make Community College More Affordable

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Governor Phil Murphy says he wants to use $50 million of his proposed state budget to help make community college more affordable for low-income families.

On Thursday, April 5th, Murphy outlined his plans to make community colleges tuition-free for students by providing grants to families with incomes below $45,000.

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Murphy also says he wants an additional $5 million to go to the state's 19 community colleges to help deal with the potentially higher enrollments.

His administration estimates that about 15,000 students could be enrolled tuition-free by January.

He said that this is the first year of a multi-year phase-in aimed at entirely free community college.

Roughly a fifth of the state's 150,000 community college students are enrolled without cost thanks to the help of other grant programs.

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