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.

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