U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) met this week with Sam Renfroe, director of grant development and administration at North Central State University (NCSU) in Mansfield. Renfroe attended Brown’s weekly coffee with constituents in Washington, D.C. where they discussed NCSU’s new plan to provide free tuition to students who have graduated from local high schools, earned at least six hours of college credit, and maintained at least a 2.5 grade point average (GPA). Through these Tuition Freedom Scholarships, NSCU students can earn up to 60 credits and complete an associate degree.

“It was great to speak with Mr. Renfroe about North Central State University’s commitment to its students,” Brown said. “Increased access to higher education is the key to providing all Ohioans the opportunity for success.”

Brown is working to make college more affordable for all Ohioans. In April, Brown outlined legislation that would increase and expand eligibility for a tax credit that provides critical relief for middle-class families by enabling them to offset the cost of college tuition. As a member of the Senate Finance Committee, Brown is a cosponsor of the Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act, legislation that would give student loan borrowers a chance to refinance their debt at the same low rates offered to new borrowers in the student loan program. The bill would also provide those who are in good standing the option of refinancing their high-interest private student loans down to the rates offered to new federal student loan borrowers in the 2013-2014 school year.


Staff report