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West Virginia joins around 20 states offering free college

April 2, 2019

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State-level free college programs have taken shape throughout the country in recent years. While their features vary, some say they don’t go far enough to cover the full suite of costs associated with attending college — including transportation, rent and child care — that could hamper or exclude those who could benefit the most from such funding.

Tuition accounts for just 20% of college costs for the typical student attending a two-year public college and living off campus, and it is largely covered by federal aid, according to The Education Trust.

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