President Obama to Propose Two Free Years of Community College for Students

President Barack Obama Propose Two Years Free Community College
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President Barack Obama will propose two free years of community college for students — a move that will need the approval of Congress to become reality.

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According to Politicothe proposal does not have an "official price tag." If all 50 states participate, the proposal could benefit up to nine million students per year, and save students an average of $3,800 in tuition, the White House announced.

"What I'd like to do is to see the first two years of community college free for everybody who's willing to work for it," Obama said in a White House video posted on Thursday. 

The administration insists that the proposal has bipartisan appeal. In fact, Politico reports that Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's Tennessee Promise promise strongly influenced the proposal. In Tennessee, any high school graduate will be eligible for two years of free community college tuition under the promise.

Similarly, the president's proposal would make two years of community college free for students who maintain a C+ average, attend school part-time, and make "steady progress" towards completing their degree. Community colleges would become eligible by offering academic programs transferable to four-year colleges, universities and training programs. 

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Federal funding would cover three quarters of the cost, and states would be expected to pick up the remainder of the tab — assuming, of course, that the Republican-dominated Congress agreees to the proposal. 

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