Free Higher Education
Higher education can be free... or at least students can graduate from college or university debt free, if we are bold enough to reimagine and then change how we allocate state and federal funds for higher education. Nationally, state support for colleges and universities has dwindled, while federal loan programs are inefficiently distributed to both public and private institutions through loan programs and tax breaks. Where state and federal funding fall short, students and their families are forced to take on the additional cost of attending college, often by incurring significant debt.
UC-AFT believes that higher education can be free for students if we reallocate existing state and federal spending. Check out this paper by UC-AFT President, Bob Samuels: Making All Public Higher Education Free
State Plans for Free Higher Ed
Oregano passes free community college bill as congressional democrats introduce federal version Insider Higher Ed
Proposals in Oregon and Washington
Free Higher Ed in other Countries
When college is free, or free(ish) Chronicle of Higher Ed (subscription only)