There's no better deal than "free" and politicians in some states have proposed that incentive to get young people to attend community college.
Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber signed legislation ordering a state commission to examine whether free tuition is feasible.
In Tennessee, Gov. Bill Haslam wants to use lottery money to create a free community college program for high school graduates. It's central to his goal of making the state more attractive to potential employers by increasing the percentage of Tennesseans with a college degree.
As at four-year universities, the price of attending a community college has risen sharply because of reduced state support. The average annual cost of tuition nationally is about $3,300. Books and fees add to the bill.