Walsh, Baker announce tuition-free college pilot program

Walsh, Baker announce tuition-free college pilot program

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh have announced a tuition-free college program.

The Republican governor and the Democratic mayor on Monday launched the new college affordability program for Boston high school graduates, enabling low-income students to complete four-year degrees without paying tuition or mandatory fees.

The Boston Bridge program will be open to all 2017 high school graduates who live in the city.

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The commonwealth and the city say they'll cover students' tuition and fees. They'll take federal Pell grants into account.

Baker says college affordability "too often serves as a barrier" for students seeking degrees. He says the new program is intended to provide "more opportunities for a quality education."

Walsh says the partnership means "a free bachelor's degree is within reach" for low-income students.