Q&A: Making community college free

| January 19, 2015

January 9, 2015 • Princeton University

On Thursday, Jan. 8, President Barack Obama unveiled America’s College Promise, a proposal that would use government funds to make community college free for millions of American students.

The White House says the proposal would save a full-time community college student $3,800 in tuition a year on average and could benefit roughly 9 million students each year. The federal government would provide three-fourths of the costs, and participating states would be expected to contribute the remainder. Eligible students would need to be enrolled at least half time, maintain a gradepoint average of 2.5 or higher and make steady progress.

Cecilia Rouse, dean of Princeton’s Woodrow School of Public and International Affairs, answered questions about the proposal.

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