Making College Affordable To Everyone

March 2, 2018

The ever-increasing cost to attend college – and earn a degree – has placed many low and middle-income families in Connecticut at a disadvantage. Those who manage to obtain enough funds to get through college find themselves in deep debt after graduating and entering the workforce. I believe every student in Connecticut should have the opportunity to get a college education without worrying how to afford it.

I have joined my colleagues in support of House Bill 5371, An Act Establishing the Free 2 Start Scholarship Program and the Free 2 Finish Scholarship Program. This bill commits state aid to qualified Connecticut students who are beginning their studies at a community college or completing their program at a state university.

“Free 2 Start/Free 2 Finish” is similar to the Excelsior Scholarship Program in New York and RI Promise in Rhode Island. In Connecticut, the program would be available after a student has exhausted institutional or other financial aid opportunities.

This legislation will help young people reach their dreams of a college education and working in fulfilling, well-paying careers. Business and industry will grow thanks to an educated and trained workforce.