Free college idea picks up momentum

Is it time to make college free? The idea may not be so preposterous as some may think

free-college-plansThis year, two national groups have devised plans to make paying for higher education a problem of the past. Both argue that it’s not only feasible, but that it won’t cost more than we already spend, as a nation, on higher education.

The idea of a free college education, which was featured this week in the online Hechinger Report, may seem like “la-la land,” as one critic put it.

But the two plans dare to envision an alternative to the system we have now, which has weighed down a generation with over a trillion dollars in student debt.…Read More

Famed free NYC college may start charging tuition

For more than a century, Cooper Union has been a one-of-a-kind meritocracy: Open to any student qualified to walk through its doors. For free, the Associated Press reports. Its founder envisioned higher education open to all — regardless of race, gender or class — an ideal that has remained the prestigious school’s most cherished principle since 1902. But a lot can change in 100 years. Cooper’s Board of Trustees is expected to vote later this month in favor of a proposal to charge its undergraduates something — anything — for their education. Angry alumni have penned letters. Students have protested, even occupying part of university building where Abraham Lincoln gave a famous anti-slavery speech. But they’ve all run up against a hard reality: Money woes caused by the economic collapse and rising costs mean Cooper can no longer afford the perk that has been held up as a sacrosanct part of the school’s identity…

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How Miami students can get a free college education

College tuition is going up and financial aid is on the chopping block in many states, but in the Miami area, one college is offering successful high school graduates a price tag that’s hard to refuse: free, reports the Christian Science Monitor. Miami Dade College–the largest institution of higher education in America, serving more than 170,000 students on eight campuses–announced its American Dream Scholarship on Wednesday. It will cover 60 credits at a value of about $6,500–enough to earn a two-year degree or start in on one of the four-year programs offered by the community college…

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