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
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