(KAIT) - Governor Asa Hutchinson signed House Bill 1426 into law this week.
The bill now known as Act 316 will create a grant program to pay for the education of some students attending two-year or technical schools.
The program will provide tuition for students pursuing in-demand fields such as nursing or welding.
The grant will also require recipients to participate in a mentoring and community service program.
One Arkansas State University student said he wished the program would have been available in the past.
"I've been to a two-year college, and unfortunately I'll have to pay those loans in the future," said Dajon Emory.
Emory said he thinks the program may change student's minds about where they choose to go to college.
"It would create better opportunity and help them be better off in the long run," he said.
Grant recipients will also be required to work full-time in Arkansas for a minimum of three years after graduating.
If student recipients do not meet the requirements, the money must be paid back to the state as a loan.
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