Grant Program Funded With Covid Money Offers Free College

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Low-income Vermonters are getting the opportunity to get a college degree tuition-free.

The 802 Opportunity grant pays for up to two years of tuition to the Community College of Vermont to any Vermonter with a family adjusted gross income of less than $50,000 per year.

WCAX-TV reports there are 33 different programs at CCV that are eligible.

The program is open to new or returning students. It starts this fall.

The program was approved by the Vermont Legislature earlier this year. It is funded with federal COVID relief money.

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On Wednesday the Vermont Department of Health reported 44 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19, bringing the statewide total since the pandemic began to more than 24,800.

There were five people hospitalized with COVID-19.

The number of deaths in the state remains at 259.

The seven-day rolling average of daily new cases in Vermont has risen over the past two weeks from 9.14 new cases per day on July 12 to 24.29 new cases per day on July 26.

The Associated Press is using data collected by Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering to measure outbreak caseloads and deaths across the United States.