Tuition-free college movement gains momentum

Source: Danielle Douglas-Gabriel, Washington Post (Paid Registration)

At least seven tuition-free initiatives have publicly launched since November, according to the College Promise campaign, which advocates making the first two or more years of college free. The governors of Pennsylvania and Maine are pushing for new programs, while the University of Texas System Board of Regents recently approved a $300 million endowment to cover tuition for more students at its public institutions.

 Forty-seven states and D.C. have at least one such College Promise program at the city or state level. There are 33 statewide programs that cover tuition at community colleges or universities and higher education, and experts say the number is likely to grow.

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