Free community college tuition for Oregon?

Portland Community College's Sylvania campus (PCC)
Portland Community College's Sylvania campus (PCC)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – 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.

Similar to 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 with books and fees on top.

In Tennessee, Gov. Bill Haslam proposed using lottery money to create a free community college program for high school graduates, with the goal of making the state more attractive to potential employers by increasing the number of residents with university degrees.


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