Mich. governor signs community college law

Gov. Rick Snyder at a state economic and education summit in 2016. Photo courtesy of the office of Gov. Rick Snyder

Community college students who do not reside within a community college district will now have expanded opportunities to pay residential tuition rates under legislation signed by Gov. Rick Snyder.

He signed the legislation that passed earlier in December with broad support in the Michigan legislature.

“Michigan is well poised to be the national leader in developing talent, and community colleges are a tremendous resource to help us achieve this goal,” Snyder said in a press release. “These bills help make community colleges more affordable, increasing opportunities for new students and adults to gain the skills they need to be successful in the 21st century workforce.”

House Bill 4265, sponsored by state Rep. Amanda Price, allows a community college to expand its tax district to non-bordering communities. Joining the district, which includes options for lower tuition and improved access to job training programs, would still require approval by the local board of education or unit of government and local voters to expand the tax district.

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