Money woes to alter OR community college promise

The state might cut off grants to students from wealthier families

Portland Community College's Sylvania campus (PCC)
Portland Community College's Sylvania campus (PCC)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Promise may not be kept to students from wealthier families.

The program approved by lawmakers two years ago allows students to attend community college for nearly free, after scholarships and grants are subtracted from the tuition bill.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports lawmakers have budgeted $40 million for the program over the next two years – $8 million less than officials say is needed to pay for it.

The state might cut off grants to students from wealthier families to make up the difference.

An education subcommittee met Wednesday and approved the proposal to restrict certain families from qualifying.