States looking at $0 community college tuition

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — There’s no better deal than “free” and politicians in some states have proposed that incentive to get young people to attend community college.

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber signed legislation ordering a state commission to examine whether free tuition is feasible.

In Tennessee, Gov. Bill Haslam wants to use lottery money to create a free community college program for high school graduates. It’s central to his goal of making the state more attractive to potential employers by increasing the percentage of Tennesseans with a college degree.

As at four-year universities, the price of attending a community college has risen sharply because of reduced state support. The average annual cost of tuition nationally is about $3,300. Books and fees add to the bill.

Associated Press

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