Jones Proposes Tuition-Free Bill

A bill being proposed in the Mississippi Legislature could offer free college tuition to students in the state.

It was discussed at Monday's Council of Governments meeting in Meridian.

COG president, Mary Perry, told the group that state Rep. Wilbert Jones is sponsoring a bill to help child dependents of military members killed in the line of duty in Iraq.

"He has proposed a bill that I think all Meridianites and Mississippians would be proud of, and that is, that any child who loses a parent in Iraq to death would be sent to college free of charge," said Perry. "And that bill is now traveling through the House and possibly will go to the Senate."

The bill stipulates that tuition would be covered and the college would have to be in Mississippi.

The measure has been introduced but would have to make it through others hoops to become law.


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  • by Anonymous on Feb 20, 2010 at 03:32 PM
    the fact is all community colleges should be free in the long run woudl be a major plus for the state as then higher skill's are then open.. not all trades out there need to have a 4,6,8, or 12 yr degree..
  • by Anonymous Location: enterprise on Feb 16, 2010 at 11:56 AM
    100% --- but should state child dependants of military personel killed in active duty ( regardless of the country )
  • by mm Location: county on Feb 16, 2010 at 06:27 AM
    I support this 100%!!! Then again, all state supported schools should be tuition free to any residence of the state.
  • by OIF & OEF Veteran Location: Collinsville on Feb 15, 2010 at 10:36 PM
    Seems like you forgot Afghanistan there are more and more Soldiers that are dying over there everyday. I think that the Legislature should make sure that the Bill states Military personel that died in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. Not just Iraq
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