A Free Bachelor’s Degree at One Arkansas University
Olivia Sanchez, The Hechinger Report
For many Americans, paying for a college education can be hard to fathom. Even if there are multiple income-earners in their home. Even if they have enough cash to cover rent, utility bills and keep food on the table. Even if they don’t qualify for government assistance.
The University of Central Arkansas is testing out a solution it says will largely eliminate financial barriers to a bachelor's degree for families earning less than $100,000 per year. That could be crucial in a state like Arkansas, which has the 10th highest poverty rate and the third lowest rate of bachelor’s degree attainment in the country.