Inside Higher Ed
June 11th, 2015
Seeking to put some policy heft behind the progressive vision of debt-free college that is gaining steam on the campaign trail,
Senator Elizabeth Warren on Wednesday outlined a sweeping college
affordability agenda to “dramatically reform” higher education.
“While not every college needs to graduate every student debt-free,
every kid needs a debt-free option” at a public university, Warren said
in remarks at the American Federation of Teachers.
Making college more affordable, she said, would require a boost in
federal spending but also greater accountability for how colleges and
states use that money -- a “one-two punch” that she said should have
bipartisan appeal. Warren wants a new federal program that would provide
funds to states that make some public higher education options so
inexpensive that borrowing would not be required, and she wants
more federal funding to come with more strings attached.