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Those taking advantage of community college in Maryland will be getting a break from the state when it comes to their tuition.

Governor Larry Hogan has signed a law that would cover up to $5-thousand of tuition after scholarships and grants are accounted for.

Students must also maintain a 2.5 grade point average and be enrolled for at least 12 credits per semester.

In addition, they must either have graduated from high school or earned a GED within the last two years before entering college.

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ADELPHI, Md. (AP) - To help entice a second Amazon headquarters to Maryland, a state board has voted to waive a 12-month residency requirement to qualify for in-state tuition for any Amazon employees who move to the state, if a new headquarters is established.

The University System of Maryland's Board of Regents voted to waive the residency rule on Tuesday.

It also would apply to spouses and children of employees at the system's 12 degree-granting institutions.

Chancellor Robert Caret says the board acted to support Maryland's economy.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - College students in Virginia who fall behind on tuition payments can have a hard time digging out thanks to a state law that pushes unpaid bills into the hands of private collection agencies.

The Washington Post reported Sunday  that a little-known Virginia law requires public colleges to turn over unpaid accounts of less than $3,000 to private debt collectors if they are 60 days past due.

The debt collectors can add a 30 percent fee to the unpaid account.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - University of Virginia students will be paying more for tuition next year.

Local media report UVA's Board of Visitors approved the increase Thursday. In-state students will pay 2.2 percent more, and out-of-state students will pay 3.5 percent more.

The university said in a statement that the increase is needed to deal with a state budget cut and required employee pay raises.

TV station WVIR reports a group of students protested outside the building where the Board of Visitors was meeting.

Salisbury University President Janet Dudley-Eshbach praised the growth that the institution has seen since the year 2-thousand.

She noted that enrollment has risen from around 64-hundred students to just over 87-hundred.

In addition, she noted that minority and nonresident alien students she said has jumped by 227 percent over the last 17 years.

But, she added, the university needed to make a greater effort to bring more diversity to the campus.

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Somerset County Commissioners wants Governor Larry Hogan to include money for tuition so that local students can go to Wor-Wic Community College tuition free.

County Administrator Doug Taylor told the Salisbury Daily Times that the county’s students are behind the average for residents with college degrees.

Only 19 percent of Somerset County residents have a college degree compared with Wicomico and Worcester counties where the percent is in the upper 30’s.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Two Virginia state senators are calling for an investigation into a $2.3 billion University of Virginia surplus.

Sens. Chap Petersen and Bill DeSteph said in a statement Thursday that they intend to formally call for an audit into the fund, which former university board member Helen Dragas called a "slush fund."

The two senators say the fund should be used for lowering student tuition and fees. They also accuse the university of overcharging for its services.

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Tuition for students at the University of Delaware will be going up by more than 2 percent as they sign up for next year.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the base tuition and fees will rise by 2.4 percent or $310 for undergraduate resident students.

The total for the year will be nearly $13-thousand dollars.

For non-residents tuition will rise by 2.6 percent or $830 for a total of over $32-thousand a year.

Last year the increase in tuition was 1.5 percent for resident undergraduates and 2.4 percent for non-resident undergraduates.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Tuition for liberal arts and engineering students at Johns Hopkins University will go up 3.5 percent this fall.

The Baltimore Sun reports that tuition for the 5,400 graduates in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and Whiting School of Engineering at the Homewood campus will go up $1,700 to $50,410 a year.

Room and board rates at the campus will also increase 3 percent this fall.

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ADELPHI, Md. (AP) - The board of regents for the University System of Maryland is due to vote on a proposal that would see the tuition at Maryland's public colleges rise by 2 percent for in-state students and 3 percent for out-of-state students.

The Baltimore Sun reports the board is expected to approve the rate hike, which would be the smallest annual increase since a tuition freeze was lifted in 2010.