Hood proposes tuition-free community college program

Democratic gubernatorial nominee Jim Hood said Thursday he wants the state to pay the tuition for all Mississippi community college students who can't get financial aid.

Posted: Sep 12, 2019 11:11 PM
Updated: Sep 12, 2019 11:34 PM

BELDEN, Miss. (WTVA) — Democratic gubernatorial nominee Jim Hood said Thursday he wants the state to pay the tuition for all Mississippi community college students who can't get financial aid.

The attorney general announced his proposal at the Belden center of Itawamba Community College in revealing his ideas about workforce training.

Democratic gubernatorial nominee Jim Hood at ICC Belden on September 12, 2019 (Craig Ford)

The idea is not a new one.  Students in Benton, Calhoun, Chickasaw, Itawamba, Lafayette, Lee, Monroe and Pontotoc counties have been eligible in recent years for a guaranteed tuition program. Similar programs can be found in other parts of the state.

But Hood wants that expanded statewide, and he said the state can afford it, putting the cost at close to $6 million a year.

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