Free College Could Hurt Private Non Profit Enrollment

From Real Clear Education

Hillary Clinton’s plan to eliminate public college tuition for families with incomes up to $125,000 would lift enrollment at two- and four-year public institutions by between 9 and 22 percent — in part by draining as many as 15 percent of students away from private nonprofit colleges, a new analysis predicts. The study by officials at Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce is, they acknowledge, no more than a “best informed guess” given the “unprecedented” nature of the proposal and the “sketchy” information the campaign has released publicly so far, Inside Higher Ed reports. But the findings by the center — a well-respected and largely independent source of policy analysis — will likely provide fodder to supporters and critics of the Clinton plan alike.


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