Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed a part of his legislative agenda into law Thursday, a measure aimed at helping students pursuing college degrees in high-demand fields.
House Bill 1426 by Rep. Jana Della Rosa, R-Rogers, established the Arkansas Future Grant Program. It is now Act 316.
It will use $9 million a year in general revenue that now goes toward two existing grant programs -- the Workforce Improvement Grant and the Higher Education Opportunities Grant.
The new grant program will pay tuition and mandatory fees for a student to attend any Arkansas public two-year college or technical school. It will be available to students studying in high-demand fields -- like computer coding, nursing or welding.