Ralph Northam

Ralph Northam 

NORFOLK — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said he soon could be rolling out a plan for free community college tuition.

In a Wednesday announcement, the Democratic governor described a program that would allow Virginia residents to attend community colleges for free in exchange for a year spent working in public service or a high-demand field.

Northam said it would be called G3 for “get skilled, get a job and give back.” He said he expects more details and a formal announcement to come in a few weeks.

The Virginian-Pilot reported Northam’s proposal follows a plan he laid out while campaigning in 2017. At the time, he said the program initially would cost the state $37 million but would earn more than twice that amount back in income taxes after five years.

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