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Posted at 5:47 PM ET, 02/ 7/2011

House and Senate pass McDonnell's higher education package

By Anita Kumar
Anita Kumar

The House of Delegates and the Senate have easily passed Gov. Robert F. McDonnell's higher education bill, which is designed to be the first step toward the governor's goal of awarding 100,000 new associate and bachelor's degrees over the next 15 years through financial aid, grants to virtual schools, and other programs.

McDonnell (R) wants to provide a stable funding source for schools so they can avoid the dramatic tuition increases they have had to implement in recent years. Colleges and universities would be provided financial incentives to fulfill education goals, including graduating more students in four years and awarding more degrees in high-demand science and technology fields.

The Senate unanimously passed its bill Monday. The House of Delegates unanimously passed its bill Wednesday.

The House and Senate, which unveiled their budgets Sunday, want to give the state's universities more money than McDonnell recommended next year. The Senate provided $100 million, and the House proposed $94.3 million.

By Anita Kumar  | February 7, 2011; 5:47 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar, General Assembly 2011, House of Delegates, Robert F. McDonnell, State Senate  
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