Jan 20, 2015 6:03 PM
CONCORD - While the President is talking about his proposal for free community college in his State Of The Union Address, Tuesday lawmakers and educators came together for a public hearing on a bill that would allow New Hampshire community colleges to offer four year bachelor degrees.
House Bill-221 introduced by Representative Wayne Burton would offer students a cheaper route to a four year degree. Currently annual full-time student fees and tuition at UNH Durham are just over $15,000, at Dartmouth they're $46,000.
Right now for a two year degree at New Hampshire community colleges, fees and tuition run between $5,000 and 6,000 a year.
So far, 22 states have authorized community colleges to offer bachelor degrees. None yet in New England.
Tuesday's public hearing was the first for the bill.
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