Reports Question Merits of Free Community College Programs
Pearl Stewart, Divers Issues in Higher Education
As the concept of free four-year college tuition gradually picks up steam, aided by spirited debate among Democratic presidential contenders, free tuition at community colleges has been spreading at a quicker pace. Currently, 19 states offer free tuition at their public community colleges and several other states are in the process of establishing such programs.
Meanwhile, some scholars and education policy analysts are questioning whether two-year institutions and the students they serve—especially those most in need—actually benefit from free- tuition programs.