Why Free College Tuition Is Spreading From Cities to States

Source: Marsha Mercer, Stateline, January 5, 2018

To churn out more workers with marketable skills, an increasing number of states are offering residents free tuition to community colleges and technical schools. The move also is a reaction to fast-rising tuition costs — increases that stem, in part, from states reducing their financial support of public colleges and universities. …..

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On Free College, West Virginia is a Case Study of What to Do and Not Do
Source: Mark Huelsman, Demos, Policy Shop blog, January 17, 2018

West Virginia looks like it might become the latest state to offer a version of tuition-free community college—joining Tennessee, Oregon, New York (which has extended free college to public 4-year schools as well), and a host of localities across the country. In a state with a Republican governor and Senate, the proposal (known as WV Invests) is the most recent sign that some version of guaranteed college affordability is not going away anytime soon. And like most versions of free community college, there are a few upsides and a few notable—and correctable—drawbacks….