SALEM, Ore. — A bill currently awaiting Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber’s signature could radically change the way in-state public university students pay their way through college.
Passed unanimously by the Democrat-controlled state Senate Monday after it had already cleared the also Democrat-controlled House, the bill would create a program called “Pay Forward, Pay Back” by which students wouldn’t pay a dime at the time of study at any public institution for higher education in Oregon.
Instead, students who qualify as Oregon residents would sign a binding contract that would require they pay a percentage of their post-college income back to the state every year for up to 24 years.
If signed into law by the Democrat Kitzhaber, the bill would require the state’s higher education coordinating commission to study, and if deemed feasible, submit a pilot program to the general assembly in 2015 for approval to test out the concept.
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