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CONTROVERSIAL TAXES PITCHED AS FUNDING SOURCE FOR FREE COLLEGE

By Colin A. Young

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, JULY 14, 2017.....Higher education students and advocates continued their quest to make public colleges and universities free or debt-free in Massachusetts by asking lawmakers to start by providing one full year of tuition and fees at community colleges, state universities, and the University of Massachusetts system.

Public Higher Education Network of Massachusetts (PHENOM) representatives testified in support of a bill filed by Rep. Sean Garballey (H 3000) that would create a Finish Line Scholarship Program that would provide "the entire cost of tuition and fees for one year other than the first, in a program leading to an associate's or bachelor's degree at a Massachusetts public college or university" to Massachusetts residents whose family income is less than twice the state median family income.


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