Some adopted and foster children could be admitted into Mississippi colleges tuition-free in the future.
Representative Clark Bryan, D-Pickens, has introduced House Bill 127 to waive the cost of tuition and mandatory fees for associate degree programs at any state institution of higher learning for eligible adopted children, foster children, and wards of the state.
Students seeking to participate in the waiver program would have to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Then, the Mississippi Department of Human Services would determine the eligibility of the student to receive state aid.
Those deemed eligible would have their tuition waived for a period of no more than four years after the date of graduation from high school or receipt of a General Education Diploma (GED), or for a period of five years after first admittance to any state institution of higher learning if satisfactory progress is achieved or maintained, and for a maximum of 120 university semester credit hours.
The beneficiaries would be required to enroll as part-time or full-time students, meet the entrance requirements of their respective colleges, and post at least a 2.25-grade point average on a 4.0 scale while enrolled.
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