Bill Blocking Low-Interest School Loans Revived

North Carolina Republican lawmakers are organizing a way around one of Gov. Beverly Perdue's vetoes so that nearly two dozen community colleges can refuse low-interest federal student loans.

The House Education Committee on Tuesday revived an effort to let community colleges decide not to participate in the federal student loan program. Republican lawmakers introduced three local bills listing the schools. Perdue can't veto legislation intended to address local concerns.

Perdue vetoed an earlier effort that allowed all 58 campuses in the country's third-largest community college system to opt out of the low-interest loan program.

A law passed last year requires all community colleges to offer the federal loans by July 1. Thirty-eight campuses weren't participating earlier this year, meaning the low-interest money wasn't available to nearly 200,000 students.


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