FREE COMMUNITY COLLEGE

In assessing the relationship between higher education and economic growth, the Lumina Foundation contends, “Increasingly, the skills and knowledge of a state’s residents are key to that state’s economy and jobs, just as completion of some form of postsecondary education is key to an individual’s success and social mobility”.  Striking this chord, three states – Tennessee, Oregon and Mississippi – have promoted, with varying outcomes, the provision of free community college to high-school graduates.