President Obama wants community college to be free

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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama wants publicly funded community college available to all Americans, proposing to make higher education as free and universal as high school.

Obama is calling for the government to pay for the first two years of community college for those who keep their grades up.

Administration officials aren’t revealing the initiative’s cost and say funding details will come in the president’s budget. It would have to pass a spending-averse Republican Congress.

Obama and Vice President Joe Biden plan to speak on the proposal Friday at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tennessee.

The White House estimates 9 million students could participate and save an average of $3,800 in tuition per year. That suggests an annual cost in the tens of billions of dollars.



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