Free Community College Proliferates in 2018 Legislative Sessions
This post originally appeared on TCF.org.
By: Jen Mishory | May 9, 2018
The rapid expansion of statewide free community college programs has continued during this spring’s legislative sessions, with two states enacting programs and two more states in the midst of budgetary negotiations. This swift legislative movement means more needed resources are being invested in financial aid for community college students after years of state disinvestment in higher education. But the quick pace of program pickup has also resulted in states mirroring untested, and at times likely counterproductive, eligibility restrictions from other states. Maryland’s new program reflects that trend.
Jen Mishory is a Senior Fellow at The Century Foundation.