President Obama Proposes Making Two Years Of Community College Free For Students

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Last night, President Barack Obama released a video, or actually a vine, in which he proposed making two years of community college free for all students who are willing to work for it. According to the White House, the proposal would impact 9 million students and save them an average of $3,800 per year. To qualify, students would need to maintain a 2.5 GPA, attend school at least half-time and make steady progress toward completing their program.

President Obama will be speaking in Tennessee today where he will lay out the proposal in more detail. Under a Republican Governor, Tennessee recently passed a law that would make community college free. You can watch his remarks here, which are scheduled to begin at 1:25 PM EST.

From the New York Times article on the proposal,



Mr. Obama’s advisers acknowledged Thursday that the program’s goals would not be achieved quickly. The president, however, was more upbeat. “It’s something that we can accomplish, and it’s something that will train our work force so that we can compete with anybody in the world,” Mr. Obama said in a video posted Thursday night by the White House.


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