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Massachusetts Senate Approves Free Community College

May 24, 2024

The Massachusetts Senate approved a $58 billion spending bill on Thursday that would provide free community college.

About $75.5 million would go to pay the tuition, according to The Associated Press. There are 15 community colleges in Massachusetts.

If the Massachusetts House also adopts the measure, all Massachusetts residents will be able to attend community college free of charge. The House has already adopted the state’s new budget without the proposal, however. The House would have to pass the bill again with the free community college amendment included in order for it to take effect.

“Today our chamber took a vote of confidence in every Massachusetts resident going to school, raising a family and working to make ends meet —today we took a vote for an affordable, competitive and equitable Commonwealth,” said state Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland), president of the Massachusetts Senate, according to WCVB Channel 5 in Boston.“This budget is an investment in our people, and it is an investment in our collective future.”

The state Senate version of the budget also includes education grants, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority funding, and more money for emergency shelters.


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