Free College, Even for Adults
Meredith Kolodner, The New York Times
The tuition-free college movement has been taking hold throughout the country, but one group of students is being left out: adults.
Even though nearly 70 percent of Americans age 25 or older lack a college degree, most of the 300 free college Promise programs across 44 states do not allow them to enroll.
Some states are recognizing this oversight and taking action. Last year, Tennessee began offering adults free tuition at all of its community colleges, including students who go part time. Hawaii’s program also is open to adults, and next year Washington State will open its Promise program to low- and middle-income adults over 25.