Senator Kaine talks with students about paying for college

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Senator Tim Kaine was in Lynchburg on Friday and heard from college students about the “Stay Close, Go Far” scholarship through Beacon of Hope.

The scholarship is in its first year, and it offers students who graduated high school in Lynchburg the ability to attend Central Virginia Community College for free or receive an equivalent amount at a local four-year college.

Ivy Wheaton is studying radiology at CVCC. She says that scholarship opened the door for her.

“When the scholarship was announced, it really led me to research into things that I could major in at CVCCor somewhere else in Lynchburg,” she said. “It really motivated me to look that up.”

Kaine sits on the Education Committee in the Senate and says they are working on re-authorizing the Higher Education Act, which is done every ten years.

That Act funds two and four year colleges and affects Pell grants, Title IX, and more.

Kaine says the students’ perspective is valuable guidance as he works on the bill in the next few months.

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