Two Years Of Free Community College Analysis

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In Paul Pain’s article “Two Years of Free Community College” tells about President Obama’s proposal to make community college free for two years for students. This would provide a higher education to be more accessible to people who want to further their education. Pain quotes Obama, “To make sure that community college was accessible to everyone…free for everybody who’s willing to work for it” (Para 2). The plan was based upon Tennessee’s Promise, where ninety percent of its 60,000 graduates from high school from 2013 were signed up by the state for a new scholarship for community college (Pain para 7). The America’s College Promise would consist of the federal government paying seventy-five percent of the average cost of community college …show more content…
This proposal could encourage the attendance to a community college thus affecting the amount of students that may attend a four-year university. Pain quotes Ted Mitchell, the under secretary of education, “This [Obama’s proposal] will put capacity pressure on community colleges…” (Para 21). This could lead to classes being filled to their capacity, therefore having students being waitlisted for classes or signing up for another class that might not pertain to their …show more content…
According to Valerie Strauss’s article, “The problem(s) with Obama’s community college plan – and an alternative,” she states that the plan would cost sixty billion dollars over a ten-year period and that the money would be better used to expand existing federal programs, such as Pell Grant (Para 4). The plan was to benefit the students who are in need of financial aid to be able to attain a higher education that is affordable for them. But, at the same time students who are well-off are also able to attend community college free for two years. Pain quotes, “…making tuition free for all students, regardless of their income is a missed opportunity to focus resources on the students who need aid the most” (Para 26). There are other expenses, such as living, food, books, transportation, and possible child care, that students have to worry about as well when it comes to attending

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