Sunday, February 28, 2016

This State Offered Free College Education. Here’s What Happened.

Norbert Michel / / /

Several politicians have recently been offering free goodies to voters. One of the most popular of these, oddly enough, is something that several state governments have already tackled: free college tuition.  The details vary by state, but Oregon, Tennessee, Georgia, Michigan, and Louisiana (among others) all use tax dollars to pay for at least some of their residents’ college tuition.
Louisiana provides a great case study for advocates of similar federal policies.
Louisiana provides a great case study for advocates of similar federal policies. Louisiana just so happens to be in the news right now because the governor is threatening to suspend his state’s version of free college tuition for everyone......

Louisiana’s Tuition Program .....
How It Started ....
Who’s Paying for It? .....
No Such Thing as Free Tuition ....
A Burden on University Resources ....
Small Universities Are Hardest Hit ....

When the program was started, Louisiana public universities offered students a good value because they were relatively inexpensive. Now that Louisiana taxpayers have spent more than $2 billion on the program......

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