‘Free community college’ plan gets opposition

The Oregon Student Association opposes the bill

Students walk on a community college campus in Oregon, June 4, 2015 (KOIN)
Students walk on a community college campus in Oregon, June 4, 2015 (KOIN)

SALEM, Ore. (KOIN) — Free tuition for community college students is a plan proposed by President Obama, and it already has some traction in Oregon.

Senate Bill 81, sponsored by Mark Hass, would waive tuition for required courses for qualified students who have lived in Oregon for a year, graduated within the past 2 years from an Oregon high school and accepted all state and federal grants.

Hass said $20 million in federal grants would help fund the plan.

The Oregon Student Association opposes the bill. Unless there are firm commitments of more academic advisors and other staff to help thousands more students succeed, community colleges oppose the idea.

Lisa Balick filed this video report.

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