Coppin State University to offer free college tuition

Coppin State University to offer free college tuition
Posted at 12:06 PM, Aug 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-18 12:10:49-04

Coppin State University is joining Mayor Catherine Pugh’s effort to provide free education to Baltimore City students.

The university issued a statement Thursday saying any city public high school graduate who earns an Associate’s Degree from the Baltimore City Community College will receive free tuition for two years at Coppin State University.

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The policy goes into effect with the entering class of 2018.

Coppin will also cover any tuition shortfall that qualifying students have after applying for federal student aid.

"We are all inspired by Mayor Pugh's proposal to provide free community college for all Baltimore public high school graduates,” Coppin president Dr. Maria Thompson said in a news release.

Mayor Catherine Pugh praised the decision. “I thank Coppin for responding in such a positive way to the proposal. This unique partnership between the city, BCCC and Coppin State University will ensure that more of our young people have the educational opportunity they need to succeed," Pugh said.

Coppin is located four blocks from BCCC’s campus and has programs in criminal justice, social work, rehabilitation counseling, nursing, education, business, STEM and the liberal arts.