Why Free College Programs Succeed

In a report published last weekJen Mishory, a senior fellow at the Century Foundation, sheds some light on an oft-debated topic in education circles: Do the benefits of “free college” programs outweigh the costs?

There has been a proliferation of state-level “free college” programs in recent years. In 2014, Tennessee rolled out its Tennessee Promise initiative, which covers tuition and fees for all recent high school graduates at state community colleges and technical schools. Since then, eight additional states—New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Montana, Minnesota, Kentucky, Arkansas, and Nevada—have introduced similar programs.

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