The Costs of Tuition Free College
July 12, 2013
There has been a lot of enthusiasm on blogs and in the press about the recently announced Oregon plan to enable students to attend college without paying tuition, in exchange for paying back a portion of their income for years after college. Since payback would be based on what students eventually earn, there has been enthusiasm for the plan as a tool for equity and access.
Sarah Goldrick-Rab has done her usual careful analysis of the plan in the context of broader challenges in funding higher education and makes a forceful case for the serious limitations of the plan, especially for low-income students.
It’s long but readable, and very much worth the time.