Lawmakers to be briefed on free college initiative

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Members of two legislative committees are scheduled to be briefed on a new program to encourage “lapsed” Connecticut college students to return to the classroom.

Both the General Assembly’s Appropriations and Higher Education Committees were expected to hear Thursday from state Board of Regents officials about how the “Go Back to Get Ahead” program is working. It was proposed by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and approved by the legislature earlier this year.

It allows individuals who took college courses before Dec. 1, 2012, but left after completing their degree, to get up to three, free three-credit courses at one of the state’s 17 community colleges or universities.

Lawmakers were also scheduled to get an update from Board of Regents President Gregory Gray on the progress of Transform CSCU 2020.

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