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Debating California Assemblymembers’ new ‘debt-free college’ proposal

Graduating Stanford University students partcipate in the
Graduating Stanford University students partcipate in the "Wacky Walk" before the start of the 123rd Stanford commencement ceremony June 15, 2014 in Stanford, California.
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College affordability has emerged as a major economic and social issue.

To that end, a group of California Assembly Democrats are proposing a general college aid plan that would cover tuition -- and also some living expenses -- for Cal State and UC students. It would also increase grants to community college students and cover the first year of tuition for full-time students, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The price tag, however, would be hefty. The program is estimated to cost the state $1.6 billion a year.


Assemblyman Jose Medina (D-Riverside, Moreno Valley), chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee who supports the proposal that will be announced today

Jessie Ryan, executive vice president of the Campaign for College Opportunity, a California-based non profit

Neal McCluskey, director of the Center for Educational Freedom at the Cato Institute