President Obama on Friday outlined a new plan that would make community college free for all students, regardless of income, as long as they make good progress toward earning a degree and maintain a 2.5 grade point average.
The idea is modeled after Tennessee’s free community college program, which begins this fall. Under the proposal, the federal government would pay three-quarters of the cost of going to community college. States would pick up the rest.
“Twelve years is not enough,” said Vice-President Joe Biden during a speech in Tennessee Friday, referring to the need for most workers to get a degree beyond high school. “The world has changed. Competition has changed.”
In Washington state, the proposal was met with enthusiasm.
“We fully support President Obama’s vision,” said Marty Brown, executive director of the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, in an email. “It would be a huge boost to our students and Washington’s economy. And, nationally, it would go a long way toward rebuilding the American dream of opportunity and upward mobility.”More