Barack Obama proposes two ‘free’ years of community college for up to 9 million Americans

President Barack Obama wants publicly funded community college available to all Americans, a sweeping proposal that would make higher education as accessible as a high school diploma to boost weak U.S. wages and skills for the modern workforce.

The initiative’s price tag has yet to be revealed, and it faces a Republican Congress averse to big new spending programs. But it will likely be a centerpiece of Obama’s State of the Union Address in a week and a half.

But the White House tweeted on Thursday that ‘President Obama’s plan could save a full-time student an average of $3,800/year in tuition.’

If all 50 states were to participate – they would have to pick up the tab for one-quarter of the tuition cost – the idea could benefit up to 9 million students, the White House officials said in a fact sheet Friday morning.

Those figures could be costly, adding up to $34 billion per year, provided Congress green-lights the proposal…

h/t Marvin

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  • Ron MacDonald

    Who is going to pay for it?

    • It’s free!

      • Observer

        And California has made all education programs including funding programs available to illegal immigrants!

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        Yes, socialism makes EVERYTHING free!
        Your average community college’s 2-year degree will become even more worthless now, if that can even be imagined.

        • Clausewitz

          Just like our “Free” Ontario health care. A friend in Wyoming showed me the minimal taxes he paid to the state. I wept.

      • Ron MacDonald

        I wouldn’t put it past Obama to take away funds from the US Miltary to pay for it.

        • Frau Katze

          Neither would I.

        • Blacksmith

          He will do it in an instant. My heart goes out to the new deployments who will have older and possibly defective gear to use since his cuts to the military.

    • Xavier

      The gubbermint’s paying! Aren’t they wunnerful?

    • Exile1981

      No one, they’ll just print more money – sarc

    • mauser 98

      Chinese borrowed money

  • Censored_often

    A socialist/communist pseudo-Muslim in the White House? What’s next, a guy who actually proclaims he’s a Muslim by saying “The future doesn’t belong to those who slander the prophet Mohammed?”

    Oh, uh, already happened…!

    • Blacksmith

      And with the state of the current quality of leftist academia it is even more worthless. Can you get a 2 year degree in African American studies?

  • Dana Garcia

    Think of the teaching opportunities in Raza, er hispanic studies.

    Nothing I’ve read mentions job skills or anything practical; instead the scam seems designed for more lib indoctrination.

    • disqus_W6sfZCiOd8

      That’s just it. By definition colleges and universities are not practical at all any more.

    • Frau Katze

      They need to get rid of the special “studies” areas. It must cost a fortune to keep them running. No wonder tuition fees are going up faster than inflation.

    • Censored_often

      I must be bug-eyed from being here too long staring at my computer monitor on a Friday afternoon/early evening since I read “Gaza” instead of “Raza”.Time to log off and chill.

    • Xavier

      “The Progressives paid for my college education, so I always vote for them. Would you like fries with that?”

      • Censored_often

        Only if the fries are halal. Allah ackbar to the cult of Satan!

    • BillyHW

      I can’t decide if I want a diploma in Sustainable Diversity or Diverse Sustainability.

  • JoKeR

    Are there any community colleges that teach flying aircraft?
    http://themuslimissue.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/obama-muslim-copy.jpg?w=290&h=290&crop=1

    • mauser 98

      no land no take off

      pppphhhhrrrrtttt

  • Maurixio Garcia S

    What about the Obamacare is free too ?

  • Blacksmith

    The muzz in the white hut burdens taxpayers with potentially 9 million college students on top of all the other crap he has foisted on us.

  • Brett_McS

    “it faces a Republican Congress averse to big new spending programs”

    The idiot Republican Congress just gave Obama 110% of the budget he asked for, so problem solved!

  • Xavier

    For immigrants; it fits the worker/elite structure of socialism.

  • This son-of-a-b!#ch should pay for this out of his own pocket.

    • BillyHW

      I heard he likes spreading the wealth around.

      • He can start by spreading his own wealth.

        • BillyHW

          No, no, with Democrats it’s always you first.

          • I’m afraid I will have to insist that Obama forks over the cash first.

            HIS cash.

  • Nic

    Ahh… the modern American university, where one comes out stupider than when one comes in.

    that’s 9 million more women/black/indian/lgbt studies graduates to plage society, just as long as they vote democrat.

  • Frances

    Better they get two years’ free in trade schools. At least they’d have some decent job qualifications.