Plans for Free Community College Meet Resistance in Several States

Plans for Free Community College Meet Resistance in Several States 1

Deste Lee, Daily Journal

Eric Clark, director of the Mississippi Board of Community Colleges, said some colleges worried that plans to make them tuition-free would deprive them of other funds.

The first two months of this year’s state legislative sessions were a heady time for advocates of community colleges across the country.

Among this year’s batch of higher-­education bills were proposals for free community college in Mississippi and Tennessee, and a legislative study of that idea in Oregon. Legislators in California have proposed offering baccalaureate degrees at community colleges, and Colorado has passed such a law this year.

Bills meant to