Maine lawmakers consider programs to reduce college costs

11/3/2013 | Diverse: Issues In Higher Education

Maine lawmakers are looking for ways to reduce the cost of college, including considering tuition- and loan-free programs such as a pilot program underway in Oregon. That program allows students to get a free education in exchange for committing 3% of future earnings for 24 years to pay for future students. "If we don't get students over that first hurdle of how can I pay for school, then we're really not doing what we should be doing as a state to ensure that we have the best chance to be competitive and successful around all the different industries," said state Sen. Justin Alfond.

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