Durham Tech offering students chance to attend college tuition-free

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) — Durham Technical Community College is offering some students the chance to go to college tuition-free starting this fall.

Durham Tech tells CBS 17 high school students who are graduating this year or graduated in 2021 can attend tuition-free for two years starting this fall as long as they meet the following requirements:

The college tells CBS 17 that if a student receives a federal Pell grant or state funds, like the Longleaf Commitment Grant, Durham Tech will pay for whatever’s left of that student’s tuition.

Enrollment has been down for the last couple of years but school leaders said they’re expecting more students to return in the fall and this is one way to make sure they’re taken care of financially.

“This is something we’ve been thinking about since COVID hit. We knew that the pandemic was going to cause a lot of people to press pause on higher education, just the realities hitting their families and themselves,” Buxton said.

If you’re already a Durham Tech student but graduated high school last year, you’re still eligible for this program.