College tuition has been a nightmare for almost all American families and students for many years now. So President Barack Obama’s new proposal will surely be a source of huge relief.
In a video posted by the White House, Obama revealed a multibillion-dollar plan that could save an average student $3,800 per year: two years of free community college. The announcement was made as a part of his pre-State of the Union tour.
“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,” he said in the clip, shot aboard Air Force One.
The president will formally put forward this proposal during his speech in Knoxville, Tennessee, on Friday.
White House Domestic Policy Director Cecilia Munoz said the education plan is a federal-state partnership, with federal funding covering almost 75 percent of the tuition, while participating states will be expected to pay the rest of the amount. She further said that legislation would be needed to approve the plan.
“This is a moment that is equivalent to the moment when we made high school universal,” Munoz added.
If the 50 states agree to implement it, roughly 9 million students will benefit from it each year, according to the White House blog.
However, funding for this proposal has become a major point of debate ever since the video came out. More details about the funding source would be revealed in Obama’s for the new fiscal year budget, which is due next month.
The news has also generated a multitude of reactions from people all over the world. While some are highly skeptical about this initiative, others are either appreciating it or expressing their hatred. "Free community college" has also trended on social media sites ever since.
Read the tweets below to find out how people are reacting toward the news:
Read the hashtag #FreeCommunityCollege .. Look for the angry white people. Comedy. You're welcome— beardgoddesssss (@camiinthisthang) January 9, 2015
Sorry, kids. We HAD the money to pay for your college, but we had to spend it on replacing Saddam Hussein with ISIS. #FreeCommunityCollege— JRehling (@JRehling) January 9, 2015
What blows my mind is community college is cheap, literally affordable on a McDonald's salary. #FreeCommunityCollege shouldnt be a priority.— Not Alex Thomas (@Alex_Thomas91) January 9, 2015
"Free community college? But then I won't feel special-er than the poor people!" - middle-class whites #FreeCommunityCollege— kai (@tidalbulges) January 9, 2015
People who are opposed to #FreeCommunityCollege are required to make sure that they never benefit from a better-trained worker serving them.— JRehling (@JRehling) January 9, 2015
Obama is on a role, Obamacare, the economy, gas prices, troops coming home, supporting the gays, and now #FreeCommunityCollege wow! just wow— . (@Kxng_Terell) January 9, 2015
Free college education is a brilliant idea that literally benefits everyone. So, naturally, Republicans hate it. #FreeCommunityCollege— Charles Clymer (@cmclymer) January 9, 2015
It is simultaneously depressing and enraging to see entitled white college Republicans rant against free education. #FreeCommunityCollege— Charles Clymer (@cmclymer) January 9, 2015