President Obama announced on Thursday that he is proposing a program that would pay the community college tuition of students who are making steady progress toward degree completion. According to the White House, the program would save the average full-time community college student $3,800 per year and would benefit about 9 million students who stay on track toward degree attainment.
The idea of universal community or junior college is not new. In 1947, President Harry Truman tried to policy makers behind that idea when he tasked the Zook Commission with examining the role of higher education in the United States in the Post World War II era. One idea that came out of that report was that all Americans were capable of completing two years of college or learning a trade.
Two years of free community college will be especially helpful for Latino and Black students, who often start their higher education journey at the local community college. Check out President Obama’s announcement below: