An ongoing debate continues over President Obama’s proposal for students to receive two years of free tuition through a community college.
The White House states it will benefit roughly 9 million students each year by offering two years of education at a Community College completely free, as long as they maintain a 2.5 GPA and make steady progress.
Although LBCC kinesiology major Logan Snyder, 22, said he likes the idea of paying less for tuition, he thinks Community Colleges are not where the fees need to be lowered, “Community college is not really the expensive part of obtaining a bachelor’s degree. Some people can get it completely covered by Pell Grants. I’m more nervous about how I will pay for school once I start attending a university, I feel like that is the tuition that needs to be cheaper.”
Long Beach already has the Long Beach College Promise. The plan allows graduates from local high schools the opportunity of up to a year’s worth free of college fees, guaranteed admission into Cal State Long Beach, along with early outreach and intensive support.
In an interview conducted Feb. 19, LBCC anthropology professor Adrian Novotny said he is a huge advocate for the proposal, “Education is the basis of our society, and anybody who believes in that has to support that idea.”
Novotny said, “LBCC has a very large reserve fund. They put aside a certain percentage of their budget to pay for special instances.” He also mentioned raising taxes would not necessarily be the answer to paying for the two years of tuition.
He said looking at the country’s budget analysis might show certain areas where the budget is over-blown and the money can be redistributed.
The White House states that offering two years free of tuition will save a full-time student attending a Community College on average $3,800 in tuition per year.