Friday, January 9, 2015

Free Community College

Obama has presented a proposal to Congress of granting citizens two free years of community college. IF all 50 states participate, the plan is expected to benefit an estimated 9 million students every year and save them an average of $3,800 a year.

The president’s proposal would make two years of community college free for students of any age with a C+ average who attend school at least half-time and who are making “steady progress” toward their degree.

To be eligible, community colleges would have to offer academic programs that fully transfer credits to local public four-year colleges and universities or training programs with high graduation rates that lead to in-demand degrees and certificates. Community colleges must also adopt “promising and evidence-based institutional reforms” to improve student outcomes.
Federal funding would cover three-quarters of the average cost of community college, and Obama is asking states to pick up the rest of the tab — assuming Congress agrees to the plan in the first place.

Here's the KICKER! (For my fellow "Tennesseeans") This proposal was heavily inspired by Governor Bill Haslam's Tennessee Promise, which, as of THIS year, allows any high school graduate in Tennessee access to two years of free community college tuition.

S/O to Governor Haslam! Great idea! My only question is when do they plan on extending this plan beyond community college? What about trade schools and universities? I am a FIRM believer that education should be free (or at least affordable) to those who take it seriously and are willing to put in the effort that it takes to be successful!

Just wanted to make you guys aware of the good things going on...
Continue to seek knowledge. Continue to MASTERMIND.

(Read the full article at on Politico.com)

Thanks for reading,
Mo
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