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Free College Tuition Programs for Adults

The Current Landscape and Directions for the Future

Posted: July 15, 2021
Author(s): Alexandria Walton Radford, Katherine Hughes, Roman Ruiz, Ji Hyun Yang, and Christopher Carvajal Rivera
Organization(s): AIR

Rising college costs and the growing need for postsecondary education and training have generated great interest in free college tuition programs. Yet, many of these programs aim to serve recent high school graduates and little is known about the programs open to adults. This report fills in those gaps with a detailed look at free college tuition programs for adults: where they are, their inner workings, and how employers and colleges can collaborate to grow such programs.

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