Bernie Sanders introduces bill to make college free

Free college could soon be a reality for many Americans. Senator Bernie Sanders (Independent-Vermont) and Representative Pramila Jayapal ( Democrat-Washington) on Wednesday 21 April introduced the College for All Plan, legislation that would make a college education free for millions and lend extra support to those from working-class families attending minority institutions, writes Carmen Reinicke for CNBC.

“In the wealthiest country in the history of the world, a higher education should be a right for all, not a privilege for the few,” Sanders said in a statement. “If we are going to have the kind of standard of living that the American people deserve, we need to have the best educated workforce in the world.”

The proposal comes amid a continuing debate over cancelling student loan debt. President Joe Biden said during his presidential campaign that he would support eliminating US$10,000 in federal debt per borrower, and now he’s tasked his secretary of education with preparing a report on his legal authority to forgive up to US$50,000. Americans currently owe a total of more than US$1.7 trillion in student loan debt, 93% of which is federally backed.
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