Legislators push for free tuition at community, technical colleges

Democratic lawmakers are proposing free community-college tuition for two years, following models like Oregon’s. No word on where the money will come from, however. Read more here 

OLYMPIA —Tuition at the state’s community and technical colleges would be free for many state residents under an ambitious proposal that takes up President Obama’s call to expand educational opportunity, yet so far provides no way to pay for it.

A total of 23 pieces of free college legislation have been considered in 21 states so far, with three states taking action.

The first to pass a bill for free community-college tuition was Tennessee in 2014, then Minnesota and Oregon the following year.

 

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