Tuition on the Campaign Trail

Posted by Maica Pichler on March 17, 2016 at 8:49 AM

As the primaries continue and the general election gets closer, free college tuition is a front burner issue on the debate and campaign stage, but there are clear contrasts in the way the issue is being framed nationally.

On one side Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders’ argument for free college tuition has resonated with many Americans. For example Matthew Yglesias talks about why we need free college tuition arguing that the benefit should be universal like Social Security in his article you can read here.  

Meanwhile,  Former Secretary Hillary Clinton argued for the need for cost controls in any proposal to make college tuition free in her Town Hall appearance with Senator Sanders. “Tuition has gone up 42 percent over the last 10 years. I don't understand how that can be justified.”

On the Republican side, Ohio Governor John Kasich pointed to the progress his state has made on the same issue. “The presidents of Ohio’s 14 public universities and 23 community colleges have worked together productively to make a college degree more attainable and affordable. ... the Kasich administration offering several proposals to cut college costs and pass savings on to students.”

While there is sure to be further debate on how to make it happen, a clear consensus for affordable college is emerging. The Campaign for Free College Tuition previously put forth a 4-step plan that tackles how to make college tuition free at the federal level while addressing the issue of cost controls. You can read it here and endorse it today!

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Our goal is to make higher education a possibility for every American, without regard to their financial circumstances.

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The Campaign for Free College Tuition is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization established in the State of Washington in 2014 to educate parents, students, the higher education community, policy makers and taxpayers about efforts needed to fundamentally reform our nation’s system for financing higher education. This website and CFCT’s educational outreach activities are made possible through generous individual and foundation support.