A proposal that makes possible a community college degree without the burdens of costs or loan repayments is an idea that should make every Philadelphian proud. Today, 24 states offer a version of free tuition for either their community colleges or, in some cases, their two- and four-year institutions.
Removing the barriers to a community college education has become a national imperative and is consistent with the needs of an advanced economy. According to the Lumina Foundation, 60 percent of all jobs will require a post-secondary education by the year 2025. We are currently at 40 percent.