States- Including Oregon- Considering Free Community College

By Jim McCoy Tue 18th March Newscommunity colleges
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.

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