The Chronicle of Higher Education
June 12th, 2015
Debt-free college, a concept that seemed wildly improbable just
months ago, is quickly becoming a centerpiece of the 2016 presidential
Already, two Democratic candidates have endorsed some version of the
idea. Hillary Clinton, who will officially open her campaign this
weekend, has hinted that she may embrace it, too.
The concept has obvious political appeal: It resonates with
Millennials, a key voting bloc for Democrats. And it appeals to
middle-class parents, who are increasingly anxious about the cost of
college. If the concept makes it into the Democratic platform, it would
be one of the boldest higher-education proposals that the party has
offered in years.