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Sun Dec 30, 2018, 10:34 PM

Free College Tuition in USVI Closer to Reality Following Bill's Passage in Senate

Free college tuition in the U.S. Virgin Islands will soon be law, after the 32nd Legislature — during its last Senate session held on Friday — voted unanimously in favor of Bill No. 32-0328, sponsored by Senator Tregenza Roach.

Mr. Roach, who will start his tenure as lieutenant governor on January 7, thanked Governor Kenneth Mapp for a funding source that made the legislation viable. Mr. Roach is the original sponsor of tuition aid in the USVI; he first introduced the bill in the 30th Legislature, and resubmitted it in the 31st and 32nd. Yet though lawmakers over the years supported the idea, without a funding source, it never gained traction.

Then, on September 11, Mr. Mapp announced his own free college tuition bill, crafted by UVI, that included a funding source. Interest in the idea grew quickly, and it became abundantly clear that free college tuition was on the horizon in the USVI.

Because Mr. Roach held the authorship of the bill, though Mr. Mapp’s measure came with a funding source, it could not be moved through the Senate unless Mr. Roach allowed it. But instead of allowing the governor’s measure to go through, the senator said he would take the best ideas of each bill to create something that benefited students. Contents of Mr. Roach’s bill are here. Details of the UVI measure introduced to the public by Mapp are here.

Read more: https://viconsortium.com/virgin-islands-2/free-college-tuition-in-usvi-closer-to-reality-following-bills-passage-in-senate/

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sun Dec 30, 2018, 11:01 PM

1. Spread the word!

This is great. I hope room and board are covered too. People will be able to relocate in the VI and get a free college education. About time!!

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Mon Dec 31, 2018, 12:03 AM

2. Damn, good for them!

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