Community College

I support free community college tuition within a need-based structure. That means grants for students from low- and moderate-income families, so that they can receive a college education without accumulating overwhelming student debt.

I also support consideration of targeted policies that result in more money for need-based aid from government and from private scholarship funds.

Targeted policies could include expanding the existing Pell Grant program; developing a more robust apprenticeship system for the skilled trades and other vocational sectors; establishing better incentives for employers to provide more extensive on-the-job training rather than depending on the higher education system to supply fully qualified workers; and providing more public support, including research and development funding, to innovators who are creating online, low-cost, and customized alternatives to traditional institutions of higher education.