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Lawmakers eye expansion of state-funded scholarship program

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DOVER, Del. (AP) — Gov. Jack Markell is supporting legislation to expand a state scholarship program that provides two years of free tuition at Delaware’s technical and community colleges.

The Student Excellence Equals Degree, or SEED, program is available to Delaware residents who maintain a 2.5 grade point average and stay out of trouble. It is used by Del Tech and the University of Delaware’s associate in arts program, which can lead to a four-year degree.

Under the proposed legislation, SEED scholarships would be available not just to full-time students, but also to part-time students and those who take time away from their studies, as long as they complete their degree within six semesters.

The scholarships also would be available to students who are not coming directly out of high school.

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