Off-island students who are recipients of the local scholarship and educational assistance grants are required to take at least 60 credits at the Northern Marianas College and maintain a grade point average of 2.0 prior to enrolling in a college or university abroad.
The local scholarship eligibility will consider both requirements, according to the bill filed and passed at the first CNMI Youth Congress.
Entitled as “The Scholarship Act”, this bill is aimed at preparing freshmen college students for the higher learning environment and its academic requirements.
The group of young legislators cited that a number of students going off-island are not prepared to move into the new environment and some would return home.
They also face additional pressures on meeting the cost of living away from home, while paying higher tuition rate for four years or more.
Introduced by Senators Winfred Camacho and Alexis Cosack, the congress expects higher percentage of success for students who first attended NMC.
For the first two years of their college education, both the CNMI government and their families will enjoy less burden from paying higher tuition fee rate, and cost for board and lodging.
It will also bring more revenue to the college and enable NMC to invest on better facilities.
Public funds invested abroad to cover educational expenses of qualified students will likewise be reduced.
This bill will take effect after the approval Gov. Pedro P. Tenorio.