Joe Biden Has Been Pitching Free Community College Since the Obama Administration — Can He Now Make It a Reality?

During his state of the union address in 2015, then-President Barack Obama pitched Congress and the American public on what he described as a “bold new plan.” 

The idea? “To lower the cost of community college — to zero,” Obama told the lawmakers.  

Now, President Joe Biden, Obama’s former vice president, is expected to make a similar proposal during his first speech in front of a joint session of Congress Wednesday.

Though free community college hasn’t become a reality on a national scale in the six years since Obama started pushing it, supporters are bullish about its chances for success this time around. 

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