Obama proposes publicly funded community college for all

Jan 9, 2015 12:30 PM by News Staff

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama wants publicly funded community college available to all Americans, proposing to make higher education as free and universal as high school.

Obama is calling for the government to pay for the first two years of community college for those who keep their grades up.

Administration officials aren't revealing the initiative's cost and say funding details will come in the president's budget. It would have to pass a spending-averse Republican Congress.

Obama and Vice President Joe Biden plan to speak on the proposal Friday at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tennessee.

The White House estimates 9 million students could participate and save an average of $3,800 in tuition per year. That suggests an annual cost in the tens of billions of dollars.

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Here is Butte College Tuition and Cost from collegecalc.org: The total list price for in-state California residents to go to Butte College is $13,976 for the 2013/2014 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't possess California residence can expect a one year cost of $18,776. Students residing at home with parents providing food and housing can expect a total cost of $3,014.
Undergraduate Tuition

Butte College tuition is $1,104 per year for in-state residents. This is 65% cheaper than the national average public two year tuition of $3,176. The cost is $4,012 and 78% cheaper than the average California tuition of $5,116 for 2 year colleges. Tuition ranks 46th in California amongst 2 year colleges for affordability and is the 108th most expensive 2 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $5,904 which represents a 435% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $250 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $1,354.
Housing Costs

Butte College doesn't offer on campus housing. If you're not living with family you will need to budget for food and housing in the Oroville area just like you would for a college with dorms. The estimated rent and meal expense per academic year for off campus housing is $10,962.
Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,660.
Expenditure Price
California Resident Total Cost (Off Campus Housing) $13,976
In-State Tuition $1,104
Other Fees $250
Off-Campus Housing Estimate $10,962
Books and Supplies $1,660
California Resident Total Cost (Living with Parents) $3,014
In-State Tuition $1,104
Other Fees $250
Family Provided Room and Board $0
Books and Supplies $1,660


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