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.