President Obama Proposes Free Community College


January 13, 2015
by Suada Kolovic
When considering the true cost of a college education, students must remember to factor in not only tuition but mandatory fees, room and board, books, supplies and living expenses. Unless, of course, you’re considering a community college: President Obama recently proposed free community college for all high school graduates for two years! Score!

When considering the true cost of a college education, students must remember to factor in not only tuition but mandatory fees, room and board, books, supplies and living expenses. Unless, of course, you’re considering a community college: President Obama recently proposed free community college for all high school graduates for two years! Score!

The concept, according to administration officials, is not to target low-income students explicitly: Anyone will be provided the option of two years of tuition as long as they maintain a 2.5 GPA and attend school at least half-time. In effect, community college would be universal the way high school is. "Two years of college should be free and should be universal and should be of high quality for responsible students, just like high school is today," said Ted Mitchell, under secretary of education, the third-highest ranking official at the U.S. Department of Education. If the initiative is adopted nationally, officials estimate nine million people across the county could each save about $3,800 in college costs.

It's important to note that the President's proposal would involve the federal government and states combining to pay the entire cost of tuition for two years at a community college for any American who wanted it. And relying on taxpayers is where the program is likely to run into objections from Republicans in Congress: The administration estimates the program would cost about $6 billion a year. (For more on this story, click here.)

With the cost of a college education still on the rise, what do you think of President Obama’s proposal? Share your thoughts in the comments section. For more on the pros and cons of community college, head over to our College Prep section. And while you’re there, don’t forget to create a free Scholarships.com profile to help you fund your education.

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 on  2/21/2015 12:17:00 AM commented:

Awesome proposal. I really hope its goes trough.

Carina F  on  1/27/2015 5:54:27 PM commented:

While this sounds nice, what about the students that have their hearts set on other schools. If the president wants to offer 2 years of free community college , students attending other schools should get a credit towards their education as we'll. There has to be a balanced system so that all students can apply to any college without having to worry what the college is going to offer.

Brianna H  on  1/19/2015 12:08:53 PM commented:

I think that his proposal is a wonderful idea, right now I'm a high school and I'm struggle to find ways to pay for college without going into debt.

Sara A  on  1/14/2015 9:32:07 AM commented:

I believe it is a great proposal, a lot of students going into college struggle with tuition and some adults can't even go to college because they can't afford it.

Melissa M  on  1/14/2015 1:51:36 AM commented:

That's amazing!! That would be really great for people looking to save money, maybe even get a job during college to save up for Grad school, like me!

Katharine C  on  1/13/2015 6:50:21 PM commented:

Obama's proposal is a totally ridiculous proposal that we as a country cannot afford. Community college costs are already reasonable in comparison to 4 year schools and anyone serious about going can certainly find ways to pay for it. Work your way through as it has been in the past - don't expect a handout and a free college experience. This is a proposal aimed at the "entitled" student personality.

Casandra M  on  1/13/2015 6:10:14 PM commented:

Dont agree, the money to pay for this will come from tax payers.Our taxes will increase to pay for everyone else. Irather pay for my school only.

jacob h  on  1/13/2015 2:50:46 PM commented:

I think its a great idea and i couldnt complain about taxes if our generation became more educated. It would also be a great deal off my back with my parents, but then you also have many people with associates degrees running around for low paying jobs. Im going to be closely watching thos topic

Kinsey J  on  1/13/2015 1:53:26 PM commented:

It's a great idea, but who is going to pay for the instructors/teachers? President Obama himself? Tax payers? It would save community college students so much money, bot so much for their parents. Also, community colleges teach the basic courses that any 4-year college teach as well. Therefore, it wouldn't be fair for the students going to 4-year colleges taking those same classes. It can be a benefit for student, but it could also be a problem in ways more than just one.

Arianna G  on  1/13/2015 1:05:21 PM commented:

Wow this is fantastic! But I don't think this is going to get passed. The congress is controlled by Republicians. Also how are we going to pay for something like this? But I love the idea of this fictionally concept.

Jovehily B  on  1/13/2015 11:36:27 AM commented:

I would love to go to college for free many students including me don't have enough money to achieve my goals. Education is important and I would really be thankful if Obama decides to go forward with the idea.

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