Mayor Walsh today announced a plan to pay tuition at Bunker Hill and Roxbury Community Colleges for all BPS graduates with at least a 2.2 GPA who are eligible for federal Pell grants for low-income students.
The money will come from payments by developers of large commercial developments into a city linkage fund - the Neighborhood Jobs Trust - and will pick up the costs not covered by the Pell grants.
Along with the new reimbursement program, the city and BPS will develop counseling, remedial classes and other programs to help students graduate from the colleges. The program is already available to Madison Park graduates and will roll out at the city's other high schools June 1.
In a statement, Walsh said:
The single most effective way to break down the social and financial barriers facing many Boston families is to make post-secondary education free and accessible.