Hillary Clinton has reached out to younger voters and parents with a plan to allow most Americans to attend state colleges tuition-free, arguing it would remove one of the fastest-growing costs for households while boosting the nation’s workforce.
But a growing chorus of policy experts, economists and some college officials say the plan would deliver hundreds of billions of additional dollars to schools with no guarantee that they spend it wisely and keep costs in check. New York Federal Reserve research shows that increases in federal grants and loans to students in recent years have led schools to raise tuition rather than cut costs.
Others say there are bigger problems facing higher education than student debt, including high dropout rates and a lack of thought among students and educators about which programs might help them succeed given the economy’s needs. Wall Street Journal 10-26-16