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Tuition-free public college idea gains momentum

A petition supporting free public higher education has attracted more than 105,000 signatures to date.

Recent data released by the U.S. Department of Education inspired the effort. The data showed that the cost of making college free is $62.6 billion, less than the $69 billion spent last year on Pell Grants for low-income students and work-study funding. These numbers do not include federal loan subsidies, according to the research.

Last year, the Campaign for the Future of Higher Education released three working papers that examine alternative approaches to higher ed funding. One, by Bob Samuels, president of the University of California-American Federation of Teachers, looks at what the actual cost of free higher education could be.

Click here to read the CFHE working paper “Making All Public Higher Education Free.”

For more information on the free tuition petition, click here.

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