[caption id="attachment_123693" align="aligncenter" width="2560"] Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)
Oregon officially became the second state to offer taxpayer-funded community college Friday.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signed a $10 million bill offering two years of free tuition at community colleges Friday morning, local news station KATU reported.
Students will be eligible if they have lived in Oregon for at least a year, graduated within six months and maintained a 2.5 GPA. They must also apply for federal grants to put toward community college. Taxpayers will cover whatever those grants do not.
The tuition money does not cover books, food, supplies or housing, KATU noted.
"Free" community college was a big idea put forth by President Obama during his State of the Union address and he congratulated Oregon for its new program on Twitter.
Congrats to Oregon on passing two years of free community college! Every hardworking student deserves access to higher education.— President Obama (@POTUS) July 17, 2015