Exciting news for American students and families! President Obama has introduced a proposal to make the first two years of community college free for hard-working students across America.
President Barack Obama, 53, unveiled the plan in a new video posted to the White House’s official Facebook page on Jan. 8. Watch the clip here and find out how students are reacting to the big news on Twitter!
President Obama’s Free Community College Plan — Students React To New Proposal
President Obama released the below video before officially laying out the proposal during a speech in Tennessee on Friday, Jan. 9.
Obama said in the video taken on Air Force One, “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. It’s something that we can accomplish, and it’s something that’ll train out workforce so that we can compete with anybody in the world.”
“I think everyone understands [education] is the key to success for our kids in the 21st Century. But what we also understand is, it’s not just for kids,” he added. “We also have to make sure everybody has the opportunity to constantly train themselves for better jobs, better wages, better benefits.”
Wow — this is huge! No wonder so many students are freaking out on Twitter:
#FreeCommunityCollege broadens opportunity for the US. We need skills & knowledge to promote our economy & potentially, to lower crime rates
— alanna (@itsalannakay) January 9, 2015
So excited for the #FreeCommunityCollege proposal. Now literally no one has an excuse for not going to college
— P (@p00namr) January 9, 2015
— Karyn Dyer (@THEKarynDyer) January 9, 2015
— Nicole Campbell (@curly_campbell) January 9, 2015
— Tasnim (@Tazneeeem__) January 9, 2015
kudos for #FreeCommunityCollege hope it passes so that low income students can go to college and help their families out.
— Yovani Marroquin (@yovani_nene) January 9, 2015
Students Must Maintain 2.5 GPA While In College
The main goal of the plan is “Enhancing Student Responsibility and Cutting the Cost of College for All Americans.” Which, according to the official proposal, means:
Students who attend at least half-time, maintain a 2.5 GPA while in college, and make steady progress toward completing their program will have their tuition eliminated. These students will be able to earn half of the academic credit they need for a four-year degree or earn a certificate or two-year degree to prepare them for a good job.
What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Are you excited about President Obama’s free community college proposal? Let us know how you feel!
— Tierney McAfee