Obama proposes free community college program, funding details unclear

by FOX News  |  published on January 9, 2015

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President Obama on Friday proposed making community college free for all Americans, casting the plan as a way to help more people enter the middle class — though he faced skepticism in Congress amid questions over how the plan would be funded.

The president formally announced the $60 billion plan during a speech in Tennessee, after initially unveiling it in a video posted on Facebook. Describing a quality education as a “right” for those willing to work for it, Obama called on Congress to support his “ambitious” program to bring the cost of community college “down to zero.”

To a cheering crowd, Obama said, “I want to make it free.”

The president urged making community college as universal as high school. “A college degree is the surest ticket to the middle class,” Obama said.

The president’s plan, which aides compared to a program in Tennessee, would provide free community college for two years, by covering enough tuition to get students who keep their grades up an associate’s degree or halfway to a bachelor’s.

Administration officials, however, were vague on the details.

  • wiseone2

    I believe the Community Organizer could, with the Demoncratic Establishment, take a pay cut & shell out their bulging hidden investments, stocks & bonds, and pay it themselves. According to liberals, their “intentions” are well meaning. Use their OWN money & assets! Leave the overburdened taxpayers alone!!!!

  • Dave N.

    Another free program, wonder what the plan is to pay for it. No such thing as free, someone has to pay for it. We all pay into SS and receive less than had we just put the money in the bank, the federal government can’t manage their way out of a wet paper bag. Then we have Medicare, Medicaid, and the Affordable Care Act, none of those are doing to well either. Socialism and Communism don’t work and have failed repeatedly yet we still travel down that same road regardless of history or results. I believe that would be the definition of insanity, just keep doing the same thing expecting a different result.

  • Jgahring

    Given the federal government’s ineptitude so far in meddling in primary education, they should stay out of secondary. The quality of education since they took it over is shameful at best. For the world leader that we are, there is no excuse for the poor performance of our students.
    However, if all of the liberal professors are willing to take pay cuts, as well as congress and the royal couple, I think we could find the funding.

    • I Seigel

      How about taxing the frackers 25 cents a barrel for the oil they’re pulling out of the ground?

      • BHR

        They already tax them about 38 percent.

    • bobnstuff

      You do know that common core was written be the states not the feds. Having national standards is bad because you don’t want the red states to find out they are not as smart as they think. Remember education is Bad, Ignorance is GOOD.

      • BHR

        It started that way then the feds took it over. You must be a liberal, you never tell the whole truth.

        • bobnstuff

          You must be a Tea Party Member, you fear things you don’t understand.

  • Bill Birdis

    Schools in Missouri have been doing this for several years. Not by the color of your skin, as obama would like it, but by keeping grades up during Elementary as well as High School years.

    • Jgahring

      Here in Georgia as well, we have the Hope scholarship that is based on academic performance through high school and grade point has to be maintained through college to keep it. This of course is not the willingness to work for it that Obama is talking about, because the students have to actually study, learn and comprehend, which isn’t fair to his “sons”.

      • I Seigel

        Even the news story above refutes your claim. Did you bother to actually READ it, or are you simply in the habit of spewing your idiocy anywhere, anytime?

        • Bill Birdis

          Are you black ? You most certainly do not understand very well do you ? If I were to write an article opposed to this one perhaps you would then agree.

          • I Seigel

            Direct quote from the article above:

            “…would provide free community college for two years, by covering enough tuition to get students who keep their grades up…”
            I could be black, Asian, brown or white. I can read. It’s obvious you can’t. Take your bigot glasses off and wipe them off with some of your used toilet paper. It won’t improve your view any, but you would be easier to spot and smell in a crowd.

    • I Seigel

      There is nothing in the plan that is based on race, and no mention of anything like that in the news story. I guess you’re smoking that MO weed before it’s legalized. Careful.

      • Bill Birdis

        Mr. Seigel, have your Mother explain to you the real reasons for obama care and now ‘ free ‘ Community College. Africans in America has the right guy in office to provide them with more Free Stuff. Work for it……BS…..one or two years into such a program, the africans in America will break down the doors of the Supreme Court using their best tactic, namely, discrimination, as non-qualifiers shout that they do not have equal schools with the Whites and therefore are stupid.

        • I Seigel

          Ah, so you’re just an ignorant racist. Why didn’t you say that from the beginning, or include that in your darling little photo. Then I wouldn’t have wasted my time commenting on your “thought”.

  • Lee Flowers

    This is King Obama at his best!

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