Free College 101
Carnevale, Anthony P.
Sablan, Jenna R.
Garcia, Tanya I.
The push for free college is a recognition that the most well-traveled economic path to good jobs and the middle class requires at least some college for the vast majority of young Americans. It is also a response to the reality that many students and their families are taking on large amounts of debt to finance increasingly pricey postsecondary educations. In the past decade, tuition and fees have increased 35 percent at public four-year institutions and 23 percent at public two-year institutions. More than 43 million borrowers in the United States hold almost $1.5 trillion in student loan debt.
Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce
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Carnevale, Anthony P.; Sablan, Jenna R.; Gulish, Artem; Quinn, Michael C.; Cinquegrani, Gayle (Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, 2020)The Dollars and Sense of Free College measures the costs of three major free-college models as well as the cost of a plan put forth by 2020 Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, which shows the likely costs in the ...