Tough negotiation ahead as US free-college plan advances
From Times Higher Education: “The Senate voted 50 to 49 – in a full party-line vote of the chamber’s Democrats outnumbering its Republicans – to move ahead on a $3.5 trillion (£2.5 trillion) budget outline for 2022 that includes $285 billion for higher education. The major elements include Joe Biden’s campaign promise to make public two-year colleges essentially tuition-fee free; increased funding for the Pell Grant, the main federal student subsidy; and new assistance for minority-serving institutions. … The free-college idea also faces the prospect of dedicated pushback from private colleges, as the version set out by Mr. Biden and many other leading Democrats benefits only public institutions.”View the full article from Times Higher Education. [Subscription required.]
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