President Obama Proposes Free Community College
In what could turn out to be a ground-breaking announcement, President Obama recently proposed free community college for millions of students across the country. This would only go into effect if Congress and the states adopt his plan, but it’s still worth talking about.
It’s well documented that students in the US pay more than students in any other country for a college education. Many countries in the EU offer college for free, yet it’s not at all rare for a state school in the US to charge $10,000 per year in tuition and fees.
Germany even abolished tuition and fees across the country in 2014. And that offer isn’t exclusive to German citizens. Even Americans could study for free in Germany provided that they have the language skills to take the tests.
According to President Obama’s plan, students would have the option of studying for two years at a community college for free. Here are the details of the plan, provided by a recent New York Times article:
“Introducing his proposal here on Friday, Mr. Obama vowed to make college affordable for all Americans by investing $60 billion over the next 10 years to provide free community college tuition to as many as nine million students a year across the country. If Congress and the states adopted his plan, the president said,’“two years of college will become as free and universal as high school is today.'”
This may be a step in the right direction, but it won’t likely fix everything that’s wrong with the American university system. For one, the effectiveness of community colleges is still a matter of debate as graduation rates vary drastically from school to school.
But this plan would certainly help some students who are in need of financial aid but would like to get a college education. We’ll just have to wait and see how everything plays out in Congress.