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In times of economic instability, enrollments at community colleges typically balloon. Those left without jobs, however, often cannot afford to further their education even at relatively low-cost institutions. Now, amid rising unemployment nationwide, some community colleges are waiving tuition for their local jobless.
Northampton Community College in Bethlehem, Pa., announced Monday that, as of next semester, it would begin waiving tuition for those recently laid off because of local business or industrial plant closings. These individuals will be able to take a maximum of 12 tuition-free credits or the financial equivalent in non-credit courses.