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Charlotte Amalie
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Legislature Corner: Part-time Students Now Get Free Tuition

Sen. Samuel Carrion

Senator Samuel Carrión is pleased to announce that part-time students will soon have access to free tuition at the University of the Virgin Islands.

His legislation, Act 8814, significantly expands the Virgin Islands Higher Education Scholarship to include part-time students, making a college education more accessible to those who may most require assistance.

“I have been working to extend the scholarship program for quite some time now,” Carrión said. “By enabling more students, regardless of their life circumstances, to access financial support for their studies, this legislation ensures that the dream of higher education is within reach for all.”

“This is one of the things that I wanted to address on taking office,” he said. “Most part-time students hold down full-time jobs and, often, are also raising families or [are] caregivers for senior parents. Extending free tuition for these students is the right thing to do.”

Senator Carrión extended appreciation to the University of the Virgin Islands and his colleagues for supporting the measure.

“Together, we celebrate this victory for educational access and equity,” he said. “As we look to the future, I’m excited about the opportunities that Act 8814 will help provide for countless students.”

Sen. Samuel Carrion: The senator represents St. Croix in the 35th Virgin Islands Legislature.

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