Comparing proposals for free college

Vary in scope, requirements for states, institutions, and students

Last updated August 24, 2015 at 10:34 a.m.

Kristin Tyndall, EAB Daily BriefingKristin Tyndall, associate editor

In our latest update to the free college comparison chart, we have narrowed the list down to only the current President—and three people who are vying to replace him.

When Hillary Clinton released a sweeping, $350 billion agenda for higher education, we knew that it was time to add her to the college proposals chart.

In January, President Obama proposed America's College Promise, and the concept of free college seemed to strike a cultural nerve. Since then, several other Democratic politicians have released their own versions of the plan, including three people hoping to get the party's presidential bid next year: Hillary Clinton, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont), and Sen. Martin O'Malley (D-Maryland).

Republican politicians do not currently appear on the chart because—although several candidates for president are also discussing ways to lower the cost of college—they are more resistant to making it "free."

Comparing free college proposals

We will continue updating the chart regularly—yes, until next November, if necessary—as new proposals and details are released (Debenedetti, Politico, 5/6; Marans, Huffington Post, 5/19; Stratford, Inside Higher Ed, 6/11; White House release, 1/9; Sen. Bernie Sanders release; Sen. Martin O'Malley release).

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