Republicans file bill to create STEM scholarship program

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STAMFORD -

A new bill filed Wednesday night could make it a lot easier to send your children to college.

Connecticut is considering a STEM scholarship program, in which 4,000 students would qualify for up to $5,000 each per year if they go to in-state colleges.

The idea had been discussed in the past, but ultimately was not included in the state budget. Republicans filed to bring the program back last night.

"We have a lot of students from poor families, but they work hard and they are good in STEM," says Stamford Academy of IT and Engineering teacher Bing Yang.

Now the question lingers of how much it would cost. The idea is to borrow about $200 million for the program, but Gov. Ned Lamont wants to put the state on a "debt diet."

Some teachers in Stamford say the plan could have a huge impact.

"This morning I had some students who were just comparing, 'Well, I want to go here but they're giving me this much money, so I guess I'm going to have to go here because they're giving me more,'" says science teacher Danielle Weber. "Kind of making that decision purely on finances and not necessarily on what's best for them or their future."

The program faces long odds. It is part of an 88-page plan with lots of controversial tax ideas that both sides of the aisle have expressed concerns about.

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