On Thursday, President Obama teased an offer of two free years of community college for American workers, part of the White House’s effort to make community college as universal as high school is today. The cost-free college years would be offered to working Americans who maintain good grades.
The America’s College Promise program would be available to traditional and non-traditional college students and would support those seeking the first two years of a bachelor’s degree, an associate’s degree, or even just job training.
“Put simply, what I’d like to do is to see the first two years of community college free for everyone who’s willing to work for it,” Obama said in a video filmed Wednesday aboard Air Force One.
According to the White House, the new proposal estimated it would save the average community-college student $3,800 annually, benefiting as many as 9 million students if fully realized. But don’t get too hopeful, yet. The program would require action from a Republican-dominated Congress.