UNITED STATES

Private colleges fret over Clinton’s university plan

Hillary Clinton announced her new higher education plan this summer with a burst of fanfare, promising to invest US$500 billion to eliminate tuition for millions of students at public colleges and universities across the country. But while the liberal wing of the party has cheered the idea, many in education have questioned how such a plan would work, writes Alan Rappeport for The New York Times.

The move was an expansion of an earlier, less ambitious proposal, and was seen as a conciliatory gesture to her left-leaning primary opponent, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, and his supporters ahead of the Democratic Party’s convention.

Although the prospect of free public college sounds enticing for many, private institutions – which account for about a quarter of the higher education landscape in America – are starting to fret. Vast subsidies to public universities would probably lure students away, forcing private colleges to alter their business models to survive.
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