Inside Higher Ed
August 27th, 2015
As Democrats on the presidential campaign trail pitch their college
affordability plans to voters, they are largely united in their calls
for a big boost in federal spending on higher education.
Following a monthslong effort by liberal groups to push “debt-free college” -- and after President Obama’s call
for free community college earlier this year -- leading Democratic
presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders both now have
proposals that would expand the role of the federal government in higher education.
At the heart of both plans is a new federal-state matching program
that would send billions of dollars to states and colleges with the goal
of seeing tuition slashed or eliminated at public colleges and