LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Kentucky House is getting ready to consider financial help for students at Kentucky's community and technical colleges.

The "Work-Ready Scholarship Program" bill has passed a committee and is on its way to a vote in the full House. It would allow qualified high school graduates to attend a state community or technical school without paying tuition, after they receive other federal, state and local aid.

"What we expect is really meeting the needs of the workforce in that we are getting students through the pipeline quicker because it is an incentive for them to take a full load, be a full-time student," said Jay Box, president of KCTCS. "As you know, about 60-percent of our students are part-time."

The scholarships would cost the state more than $30 million over the next two years.

Supporters say they're confident they can find the money in the budget.

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