Denver — Today, the Senate Education Committee unanimously passed Senator Tim Neville's bill improving access to existing education funding for students who choose to pursue alternate post-secondary options.
House Bill 17-1180 allows access to Pell Grants for qualified students who pursue career or technical training instead of a traditional post-secondary educations and universities.
The current tuition assistance program, created in 2015, allows $450,000 to go toward tuition expenses for qualifying students who meet the minimum credit hours required.
"Our current system is punishing our young people who dare to think outside the box," said Neville. "College is not for everyone, but that doesn't mean that those folks shouldn't receive the same assistance in pursuing the dream of a better future through opportunity. As long as this program exists, it should be available to all our students, not just those who fit the mold of 'traditional education.'"
House Bill 1180 now continues on to a vote of the Committee of the Whole.