ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Going to community college may soon be much more affordable for Maryland residents.

Gov. Larry Hogan plans to sign a bill this week the covers tuition costs at community colleges for qualifying residents.

The legislation was approved near the end of this year’s legislative session. It will create a $15 million program to provide scholarships of up to $5,000 to students from families earning less than $125,000 a year. Single adults earning less than $90,000 also would be eligible for the money.

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To qualify, prospective students must enroll in a Maryland community college within two years of finishing high school or obtaining a GED. Students would have to take 12 credit hours and have a high school GPA of at least 2.3.

The program will go into effect in 2019.

You can find a full list of community colleges in Maryland here. 

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  1. My wife worked for a prominent local private college and is cognizant of the failure of the elementary high school system to prepare graduates. A huge number of students must take remedial English and Math before matriculating. Sadly Larry and his minions are saddling the taxpayers with the bill by providing free tuition at community colleges to atone for our failing school system. Truth will never be told by CBS or any of the liberal media.