State lawmakers in 10 states push debt-free college options

2 years 10 months 1 week ago Monday, December 07 2015 Dec 7, 2015 Monday, December 07, 2015 11:17:00 AM CST December 07, 2015 in News
By: Julie Carr Smyth, AP Statehouse Correspondent

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Lawmakers in 10 states are making a legislative push for debt-free public college to be a priority of the 2016 election.

Bills or resolutions were being announced Monday by Democrats in the political battleground state of Ohio, in the early primary states of New Hampshire, Iowa and South Carolina and in Illinois, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Missouri, South Dakota and Hawaii.

The lawmakers say that with rising college debt near crisis levels in the U.S., multiple options should be explored. Those include making available more federal aid, providing more local scholarships and grants to students and using innovative strategies to contain costs. Some of the bills call for action such as forming study committees.

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee is backing the effort.

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