Gov. Brown signs bill allowing 2 years of free community college

SALEM, Ore. -- Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signed a bill offering two years of free tuition at community colleges Friday morning.

The bill comes at a price tag of $10 million. The idea behind the bill was to encourage low-income students to go to school and get the skills for better-paying jobs.

To be eligible, you must have lived in Oregon for at least a year, graduated within six months and maintained a 2.5 GPA. You also have to apply for federal grants.

The tuition money does not cover books, food, supplies or housing.

It won't go into law until next fall.

Congrats to Oregon on passing two years of free community college! Every hardworking student deserves access to higher education.

President Obama (@POTUS) July 17, 2015

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