Friday, January 9, 2015

Two Years of Free Community College

Inside Higher Ed
January 9th, 2015

President Obama is going big with his higher education announcement in Tennessee on Friday. He wants to make the first two years of community college as free as high school.
“To make sure that community college is accessible for everybody,” Obama said in a video message released Thursday, “put simply, what I’d like to do is to see the first two years of community college free for everybody who’s willing to work for it.”
The proposal, dubbed America’s College Promise, would be a matching grant program. The federal government would pay for 75 percent of the "average cost of community college." That means covering tuition and fees upfront, White House officials said, rather than the total price of attendance. Participating states would be required to cover the remaining tuition balance.

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