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Here's How Much It'd Cost To Launch A Radical New Tuition Model

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 06.16.2014 | College

The first government examination of a radical new tuition model called "Pay It Forward" was presented to lawmakers in Oregon last week, explaining for...

Is This What Will Finally Stop The Student Debt Crisis From Growing?

The Huffington Post | Posted 03.26.2014 | College

With the economic problems associated with student debt well-established, more state lawmakers are considering proposals to send students to college w...

A Debt-Free Degree?

In These Times | Posted 08.07.2013 | College

Everyone agrees that the $1 trillion in student debt carried by Americans is a problem. Yet on a national level, Congress has only managed a deal that...

Another State Considering Radical Tuition Plan

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 07.18.2013 | College

Two state lawmakers in Ohio are pushing for a plan that would allow students to earn a bachelor's degree at public colleges without paying a tuition b...

Could This Radical Tuition Plan Become Model For Nation?

HuffPost Live | Posted 07.16.2013 | College

Oregon's state legislature is looking into a radical new idea: allow students to attend college for free in exchange for a small percentage of their p...

A Revolutionary Solution to Student Debt

Robert Kuttner | Posted 09.13.2013 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Let's take a few steps backward and review how we got to where we are. A generation ago, public universities were for the working and middle class. Tuitions were extremely low, and it was rare for students to incur large debts. Most of the cost was paid by state legislatures. These institutions, mostly dating back to the land-grant subsidies of the Lincoln era, were one of America's great mechanisms of upward mobility. Then three things happened. State legislatures got caught up in tax cutting fever. They had to compensate for lost revenues, and little by little cut back on public support for public universities. By 2012, most public universities got less than a third of percent of their support from the public. In some states, the figure was less than 15 percent. The burden of tuition was shifted to students. Today, the social class of one's parents determines educational and financial success more than at any time since World War II. But the children of the non-rich, who far outnumber the children of the rich, need higher education once again to be the great meritocracy.

One State Is Seriously Considering Making Public Universities Free

AP | STEVEN DUBOIS | Posted 09.02.2013 | College

PORTLAND, Ore. -- On college campuses across the United States, the eternal optimism of youth has been throttled out by a fear of crushing student deb...

State Takes Major Step To Solve Student Debt Crisis

Posted 07.01.2013 | Politics

On the same day that federal student loan interest rates doubled, one state took a step toward taking the student debt crisis in the other direction. ...