Hillary Clinton’s plan to eliminate public college tuition for families with incomes up to $125,000 would raise enrollment by 9 to 22 percent at community colleges and unselective state universities while reducing private-college enrollment by 15 percent, predicts a Georgetown study.
The Tennessee Promise program, which made public community and technical colleges free in the state, “resulted in enrollment increases of about 20-25 percent in the first year,” noted Georgetown.
Graduation rates are low at unselective colleges and universities. If the plan encourages those who could qualify for a more selective private college to choose a “free” public option, it could lower the odds of college success.
The U.S. Education Department’s College Scorecard has been updated with information on college completion rates, debt statistics, and post-college earnings of alumni.