Friday, September 12, 2014

Free community college could cost Oregon taxpayers $250 million a year, yield 100,000 two-year degrees

The Oregonian
September 12th, 2014

A proposal to make community college free to Oregonians would cost the state from $10 million to $250 million a year, depending on which students are eligible and whether room and board are covered, national experts have concluded.
Oregon's governor and legislature want to dramatically increase the proportion of Oregon adults who earn college degrees and credentials. The 2013 Legislature voted to study offering two years of free community college as one way to accomplish that.
Oregon's Higher Education Coordinating Commission completed that study, mostly by relying on experts at the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems, and forwarded it to the Legislature Thursday.
One big question: If the state opted to make community college free, would it pay the full cost for students to attend, including room and board, or would it only fund tuition and fees?

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