CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A higher education official says proposed budget cuts could hurt students who need the state's PROMISE scholarship to attend college.
The Higher Education Policy Commission has asked Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to exempt higher education and financial aid programs from his proposed 7.5 percent budget cut.
If the exemption isn't granted, Chancellor Paul Hill tells the Charleston Gazette (http://bit.ly/QC4pmT ) that the commission could have difficulty fulfilling its PROMISE commitments to students. That's because students are awarded the scholarship a year in advance.
The scholarship pays $4,750 of tuition for in-state students who maintained a B average in high school and scored at least a 22 composite score on the ACT. Students who maintain a 3.0 average can use the scholarship to help pay for four years of college.