Implications of Tuition-Free Programs

"This week, New York’s Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a plan to help students get through college debt-free. The plan would provide free tuition to a State University of New York or City University of New York college, including two-year community colleges, for residents whose families earn less than $125,000," the American Association of Community Colleges reports in its 21st Century Center blog.

"The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) assembled a task force in June to look at the impact of tuition-free higher education, or Promise programs. A new report from the task force looks at 11 federal, state and local programs, including the Obama administration’s proposed America’s College Promise plan, the Tennessee Promise and the Milwaukee Area Technical College Promise program.

There are several factors that contribute to the success of a tuition-free program, the task force found. If a Promise program is offered at a community college, will it shift enrollment from a four-year institution?

... One of the recommendations from the task force for those looking at creating new programs: Look at the role of existing student aid programs, 'so as not to add complexity to an already-complicated process.'"

NASFAA's "Headlines" section highlights media coverage of financial aid to help members stay up to date with the latest news. Inclusion in Today's News does not imply endorsement of the material or guarantee the accuracy of information presented.


Publication Date: 1/5/2017

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