Community College to Become Free?

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

On January 20th, President Barack Obama made his state of the union speech. President Obama mentioned numerous proposals but one stood out in particular. In his speech, the President proposed to have free tuition for community college. College, in general, is very costly. Not everyone can afford to go to college. This ultimately means that students must loan money to pay for their college education. Now, this is what President Obama is looking to change. Students who can cannot pay to go to certain schools can go to community college instead without paying anything. Honestly, this is great because not everyone can afford college and some people do not want to have high student loans. Students enrolled at those community colleges would have to maintain a C+ grade point average and must be making progress towards obtaining their degree. A lot of the ongoing issues related to college may be fixed by this proposal.

White officials predict that If this proposal is passed it would benefit approximately 9 million students. It is also predicted to help students save about $3,800 in tuition. The proposal was influenced by the Tennessee Promise, which allows any high school graduate in Tennessee free tuition at a community college under the Tennessee Promise. President Obama remains optimistic that free community college is “something that will train our workforce so that we can compete with anybody in the world.” President Obama also stated that he would like to “see the first two years of community college free for everybody who’s willing to work for it.” President Obama remains very hopeful that his proposal is passed by Congress.

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