SENTINEL REPUBLIC: College Too Expensive? That’s a Myth

Career College Central Summary:

  • The new partnership between the federal government, states, and Indian tribes will specifically include “community, technical and tribal colleges, as well as creating a new program with minority-serving institutions to help low income students enroll and successfully complete a bachelor’s degree”.

    • Fattah joined Democratic colleagues as an original co-sponsor of the America’s College Promise Act of 2015, a bill that would make two years of community college free for eligible individuals.
  • In a January interview with The Cap Times, University of Wisconsin-Madison associate professor Sara Goldrick-Rab said community college should be free for all students and called Obama’s initial proposal “smart and bold”.
  • Clearlake >> Woodland Community College in Woodland was selected by as one of the top community colleges in California based on affordability, accessibility, retention, and graduation and transfer rates.
  • Steve Gunderson, CEO and president of the chief trade association for for-profit higher colleges, has repeatedly said that for-profit colleges play an important role in educating minority, disadvantaged, and non-traditional students.
  • This rule – which protects students at for-profit colleges from abusive and deceptive practices – is a welcome improvement to a sector that has routinely preyed on veterans, minorities, and the poor. These required standard disclosures empower students to compare across career college programs when searching for and selecting a program. Lawmakers supporting the bill estimate that if all the states participate, nine million college students could save an average of $3,800 each per year on tuition. During his visit, Obama praised Tennessee Promise and Gov. Bill Haslam. There are now 10 cosponsors for the America’s College Promise Act in the Senate-none of whom are Republican-and 61 cosponsors in the House. While the bill has not been officially introduced, Baldwin has heard from ten Senators who she expects to immediately sign on as cosponsors. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), then chairman of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions committee found that in 2009-10, taxpayers had invested $32 billion in these institutions via federal student aid with meager results- 25 percent of total federal student aid funds. “Debt-free college isn’t about ‘free stuff;’ it’s about providing opportunity to every American”, the ex- Maryland governor said in a statement.

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