Friday, June 19, 2015

Debt-Free and (Mostly) Detail-Free

Inside Higher Ed
June 19th, 2015

As the idea of debt-free college swirls around the Democratic presidential campaign and some liberal policy circles, the groups that represent colleges and universities are sizing up what it might mean for them.
For the most part, they’re just waiting to see details. So far, debt-free college remains a largely high-minded goal, and the plans from the politicians embracing it have been vague.
What is clear, though, is that a shift to debt-free college would likely represent a fundamental change from the current financing system of American higher education.
“It’s potentially a really far-reaching, dramatic reshuffling of higher education,” said Terry Hartle, senior vice president for government relations and public affairs at the American Council on Education.

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