Free Community College for All?

It would require a lot of money and student mentorship programs.

Community college has long been an affordable alternative to a four-year degree. So when President Obama recently announced a plan to offer two years of community college at no cost to students, Americans’ ears perked up. Some states and cities already pick up the tab for select students, and these programs offer clues about what a federal program might look like.

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Kaitlin Pitsker
Associate Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance
Pitsker joined Kiplinger in the summer of 2012. Previously, she interned at the Post-Standard newspaper in Syracuse, N.Y., and with Chronogram magazine in Kingston, N.Y. She holds a BS in magazine journalism from Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.