The D.C. Council has unanimously given preliminary approval to create a wide-ranging college scholarship program for city students amid questions about whether it could endanger a popular federal program.
The District's delegate to Congress has warned that if the city can fund its own tuition grants, Congress might stop handing out up to $10,000 a year to district residents to attend public universities outside city limits.
But supporters of the so-called D.C. Promise bill say it's meant to supplement, not replace, the federal program.
Democratic Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton says Congressional appropriators are only interested in seeing how much money the city commits to the grants.
The local program would top out at $7,500 dollars a year and would be weighted toward students with the most need.
Twenty thousand students have used funding from the federal program since it began in 1999.