Obama proposes free community college

Meghan Holden

BY HALEY HANSEN

President Barack Obama introduced a plan Thursday evening that would allow students to attend two years of community college for free.  

The plan would apply to students who are enrolled at least part-time and have a C+ average, Politico reported.

“What I’d like to do is to see the first two years of community college free for everybody who’s willing to work for it,” Obama said in a White House video posted online Thursday. “It’s something we can accomplish, and it’s something that will train our workforce so that we can compete with anybody in the world.”

The plan will likely be formally introduced as part of Obama’s 2016 budget proposal, the Wall Street Journal reported. The president’s administration did not release the overall cost of the plan. 

Federal funding would cover 75 percent of the program’s cost with states making up the difference, according to the Los Angeles Times.

But the plan needs to receive congressional approval in order to be implemented.

“Anything involving more money to pay for things is going to be difficult in this Congress,” Ben Miller, a senior education policy analyst at the New America Foundation told the Los Angeles Times. “Increasing investments in higher education are just hard to find.”