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Americans support free community college more when students are seen as ‘deserving,’ new research suggests. Klaus Vedfelt/Getty Images

What Americans think about who deserves tuition-free college

As tuition-free college plans gain momentum, a researcher examines public views about whether free college should be extended to everyone or just those who have earned it.
West Texas A&M University Walter V. Wendler stands alongside the SUV he drove on a speaking tour to urge Texas high school students not to borrow too much for college.

A college president’s advice to college students of the future: Don’t borrow

West Texas A&M University President Walter Wendler set out to visit high school students throughout the Texas Panhandle and the South Plains with a simple message about student loans.
Free community college proposals are gaining attention. But do they work? And if so, for whom? MediaNews Group/Long Beach Press-Telegram via Getty Images

What happens when community college is made free

Free community college is touted as a way to make college more accessible. But research shows making community college free comes at a cost to four-year colleges.
Washington state has passed a measure to cover college tuition for students from low- and moderate-income families. VDB Photos/Shutterstock.com

Washington state’s big bet on ‘free college’

A new law in Washington state that makes college mostly free for many students is meant to prepare more residents from the state for jobs in the local economy. Whether it will work remains to be seen.
Researchers found that families who send their children off to college face an increased risk for foreclosure. Monkey Business Images/www.shutterstock.com

Thinking about borrowing against your home to send your kids to college? Think again

The odds of foreclosure double for families who send their kids off to college, according to two researchers who say their findings show a need for new ways for Americans pay for higher education.
Has the cost of higher education in the U.S. put college out of financial reach? DRogatnev/www.shutterstock.com

Making college more affordable

As students head back to campus, the ever higher cost of a college education is once again top of mind. The presidents of Colorado College, Penn State and Xavier University weigh in on what's to be done.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced a proposal for free tuition at state colleges. AP Photo/Mary Altaffer

Free college explained in a global context

What does tuition-free college mean in other parts of the world? And what would it mean for international students?
What do the most disadvantaged students need for college success? Commencement image via www.shutterstock.com

Is a tuition-free policy enough to ensure college success?

Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton have called for making colleges and universities debt-free or tuition-free. Disadvantaged students need more than free college to achieve success.
Should college be free? Diploma with money image via www.shutterstock.com

College is worth it. Who should pay for it?

College education results in not just better earnings, but better health care and child development as well as political stability and lower criminal justice costs. Should states invest more?
A early chest, belonging to Sir Thomas Bodley, founder of The Bodleian Library at Oxford Unviersity. mira66

The history of student loans goes back to the Middle Ages

When the first universities opened in Europe, some 800 years ago, students literally borrowed from a chest and used their books as collateral.

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