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President Obama proposes free community college




Students at Santa Monica college walk towards their graduation on June 11th, 2013.
Students at Santa Monica college walk towards their graduation on June 11th, 2013.
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In a Facebook video message posted yesterday, President Obama announced a new proposal that would make community college free for two years:

 

 

There aren't too many details yet, but the President emphasized it would serve those "willing to work hard."

The White House says students would have to attend community college at least half-time, maintain a 2.5 GPA, and make steady progress toward completing their program. Federal funding would cover three quarters of the cost and states would have to chip in the rest. 

President of Long Beach City College, Eloy Ortiz Oakley, joins Take Two to talk about a similar program at Long Beach City College.