“The challenge in presenting a program as ‘free’ is it may cause people to underestimate the full cost of attendance,” said Carrie Welton, director of policy and advocacy at the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice, in an interview with EdSurge. There are many expenses that go into the ability of a student to attend and be successful in college. And for low-income families concerned about scams, calling a college program “free” may even be a turn off—a promise that sounds too good to be true. That suspicion is well-founded with regard to some no-tuition programs, where the fine print excludes students who could benefit most. Eliminating those barriers is important for programs to achieve their goals, Welton says". Read more here.


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