ArFuture could boost area community colleges

January 20, 2017

Opportunity may be knocking for many would-be college students in Independence County.

A new grant offers to open the door for those who are seeking careers that require a higher education, but don’t require four years of college. For those who fear education debt, it could offer them lives that aren’t burdened with years paying back tuition and fees.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced the creation of Arkansas Future Grant on Jan. 8 in a press release. Nicknamed ArFuture, the grant provides two years of tuition and fees in the state’s community and technical colleges on a first come, first serve basis. The grants will be available to those who enroll in high demand fields of study like “computer science or welding,” according to a news release from the governor’s office.

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