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Maryland Makes College More Affordable For Soon-To-Be High School Graduates


One of the most pressing concerns of many students who are about to graduate from high school is the cost of college education. With this consideration, the higher officials of Maryland hopes to extend help to those who aspire to earn a college degree by making college cost more affordable in the state.

This is a very important discussion, especially for parents who, by all means, do their best to help send their children to college. The good news is there is help available, they just need to know how to find it.

Dr. Maria Torres, with Maryland Higher Education Commission, said that now is the time to start looking at where the money is, and that the state actually has a lot of funds. She said that parents and students just need to be guided to get information on how to get access to these funds, WBALTV reported.

Maryland is just about to launch its college access and affordability campaign so that they can help students who are just starting out with looking for scholarships and grants, and those that are already currently enrolled. At some schools like Community College of Baltimore County, a scholarship called Fast Start Scholarships is already in place which makes the money available for students who accepted to take honors classes.

Dr. Rae Rosenthal, director CCBC honors program, said that the campaign is intended for high school graduates who are attending community colleges full time. And if they take at least one honors class at the beginning of the semester, they will be receiving $1,000 right away.

Meanwhile, there were other initiatives launched in the state earlier this year to help aid the cost of college education. An example is the 2017 Student Debt and Tuition Relief Initiative, announced by Governor Larry Hogan in January, according to the official site. The proposal includes legislation to make student debt interest payments tax-deductible for all residents of Maryland who are earning less than $200,000 per year.

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