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Hillary’s College Affordability Plan Gets Mixed Reviews in Nevada

Hillary’s College Affordability Plan Gets Mixed Reviews in Nevada

She needs the college vote.

I imagine the reviews are based on partisan views and the presidential election. Also, she’s pushing this because she needs college age voters who aren’t thrilled about her campaign.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports:

Clinton’s college aid plan meets with praise and skepticism

Hillary Clinton’s sweeping plan to make college more affordable — sparing 88 percent of Nevada families from paying tuition at in-state, public institutions — has been received with a mix of praise and skepticism from higher education insiders.

The presidential candidate’s campaign last week released details about the plan, saying that by 2021, about 24,000 Nevada students with a family income of $125,000 or less will be eligible for assistance. Some laud Clinton for tackling the rise of college costs, but others point to political obstacles that stand in the way.

“Free tuition plans have been talked about over the past several years, and university presidents have reacted pretty unanimously to ask: How do you pay for that?” UNLV President Len Jessup said Tuesday while meeting with the Review-Journal’s editorial board. “I’m scratching my head, wondering how a free tuition program would work — the economics of it all.”

Clinton’s “New College Compact” weaves together other recent efforts to shrink the nation’s $1.2 trillion student debt.

Tuition costs have spiked nationwide for decades as states have diminished their investment in public colleges, and Clinton’s proposal aims to reverse that trend by cutting student loan interest rates and expanding existing aid programs. The overhaul plan includes proposals to make sure students finish their degrees and that they have the option to refinance federal loans.


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