D.C. Promise program could endanger federal tuition grants
WASHINGTON (AP) - The District of Columbia's delegate to Congress is once again warning the D.C. Council that approving an ambitious college scholarship program would endanger a popular federal program that helps city residents pay for college.
Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton says in a letter to the council that the so-called D.C. Promise program would send a signal to appropriators in Congress that the city can provide its own tuition assistance. She says the council should be prepared to step in and fund those students who get the federal grants if D.C. Promise is approved.
Council Chairman Phil Mendelson and Councilmember David Catania have agreed to scale back D.C. Promise in an attempt to address Norton's concerns. An initial vote on the program is scheduled for Tuesday.