It’s fair to say that anytime the word “free” is attached to another word, or perhaps even standing alone, there are at least two immediate thoughts that surface.
There is a plethora of “free” two-step thought process examples, from as simple as free lunch, which on-campus freshmen are always intrigued by, then later, are skeptical about signing over their emails to the mind-bogglingly large campus Christian org. To as complex as Free College, which has intrigued a nation of young people so much, that they started to “Feel the Bern” more than anyone could’ve anticipated from a gruff yet adorable New York Jew.
So is free college a promise that can be kept? The simple answer is yes. The more realistic answer is yes, but…(insert valid and/or totally absurd excuse here).
The important thing to know is that some states already have tried and succeeded a free community college program, such as Tennessee and Oregon. Most recently, New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo proposed a plan for free tuition at state colleges for lower to middle income families.
This proposal, called the Excelsior Scholarship program, would make attending any two- or four-year state school, starting fall 2017 free for New York families who earn less than $100,000 annually. This plan, which is still yet to be approved by lawmakers, would be phased in over a three year period, eventually extending to families with an annual income of $125,000.
Gov. Cuomo’s proposal has already stirred up a mass of opinions, predictions and rationalizing, which I urge readers to read and follow as this story progresses. After all, isn’t your “free” two-step process already in motion?