February 19, 2007

Happy Valentine’s Day, North Dakota students – from your state Senate!

Posted in Student Loan News at 11:59 AM by Joe From Boston

Here’s a great article from the Grand Forks Herald, about Senators voting that the state should help cover the cost of college tuition! There are restrictions of course – read the article snippet below for details.

N.D. Senate agrees state should pay college tuition
By Joseph Marks, Herald Staff Writer
Published Thursday, February 15, 2007
State senators delivered a Valentine’s Day gift to young North Dakotans and their parents Wednesday that could cost the state up to $425 million.

The North Dakota Promise Bill, sponsored by Sen. Tony Grindberg, R-Fargo, promises free tuition beginning in 2017 to North Dakota students who meet certain requirements including a minimum ACT score of 23 and four years of high school math and science.

The bill also requires students to attend five of their nine pre-high school academic years in North Dakota and spend all four years of high school in the state. The state would begin by paying 65 percent of eligible students’ tuition in 2012 and increase their share in succeeding years.

The bill must still be passed in some form by the state House of Representatives and signed by Gov. John Hoeven before becoming law. The Senate vote was 40-7 in favor. The bill’s passage won praise from university administrators…

Read the whole article here.