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California Community Colleges Reject Tuition-Free Plan

Amid concerns about high default rates, several California community colleges are rejecting the state’s plan that offers in-state students one year of free tuition. California awards community colleges free tuition aid for participating in the plan, but institutions like Barstow College and Imperial Valley College disagree with the mandate requiring participation in the federal student loan program. The San Bernardino district referenced the recent high federal loan default rate among borrowers at its colleges for rejecting participation in the tuition-free plan. Meanwhile, California Community College system officials oppose the move and believe colleges that aren’t taking part in the federal. Read More.

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Government Funding for Higher Education Gains Support

A study from Columbia University’s Teachers College has discovered that most Americans support government funding for higher education and view the return on investments of colleges and universities as a positive. Based on the responses to “Americans’ Views of Higher Education as a Public and Private Good,” three-fourths of those surveyed consider public funding of higher education as either an excellent (44 percent) or good (32 percent) investment. In addition, approximately half of respondents support higher government spending on institutions (52 percent on community colleges; 50 percent on four-year schools). More on this survey is available on the Inside Higher Ed website.

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