Presidential hopeful Senator Bernie Sanders wants free public college tuition

Senator Bernie Sanders.(Reuters / Jay Paul)

Senator Bernie Sanders.(Reuters / Jay Paul)

United States Senator Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont) wants to see the cost of college reduced and hopes to achieve this with a free tuition plan he’s expected to unveil on Capitol Hill this week.

The 73-year-old junior senator, who also happens to be pursuing
the Democratic Party’s nomination in the 2016 presidential
election, said in a statement that he plans to present a proposal
to the Senate on Tuesday calling on public colleges in the US to
begin offering free tuition.

According to Sanders, his initiative will aim to get more
Americans enrolled in college using a pricing system that’s
common abroad, but a far cry from the system in the US today. The
current US system has saddled some 40 million Americans with a
collective student loan debt of $1.6 trillion.

“We live in a highly competitive global economy and, if our
economy is to be strong, we need the best-educated workforce in
the world. That will not happen if, every year, hundreds of
thousands of bright young people cannot afford to go to college,
and if millions more leave school deeply in debt,
” the
senator said on Sunday.

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Although he has not made the language of the proposal public just
yet, the senator said in a statement that he would seek to
“substantially lower student debt and bring down interest
rates on college loans.”

The Vermont senator said, “I want a more educated work force.
I want everybody to be able to get a higher education regardless
of their income.

Countries like Germany, Denmark, Sweden and many more are
providing free or inexpensive higher education for their young
people. They understand how important it is to be investing in
their youth. We should be doing the same.”

Earlier this month, Sanders announced that he would be seeking
the Democratic Party’s nod for next year’s presidential race. His
latest initiative to lower tuition costs is expected to prompt
the party’s frontrunner, Hillary Clinton, to weigh in on the
issue as well. Clinton’s campaign manager has already
acknowledged that “debt-free college” is an issue that
the former secretary of state believes is important to young
Americans, according to Bloomberg.

President Barack Obama said at an address earlier this year that
One of the things that’s been uppermost on my mind is how do
we make sure that every young person in this country who is
willing to put in the effort can afford to go to college
Subsequently, the White House issued a ‘Student Aid Bill of
Rights’ in March containing imperatives Obama believes should be
afforded to the nation’s growing number of student loan debt

“I want to lower the cost of community college to zero,”
Obama said earlier this month during a speech at a school in
South Dakota. “We can’t afford to let striving Americans be
priced out of the education they need to get ahead.”

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