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Old 12-20-2019, 01:58 PM
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Free public college and state residency: how would it work?


One thing that hasnít been mentioned with the free college debate is exactly how it would work in the real world.

Would students only get free public education in the state they lived in and could claim residency? Thereís always been problems with students claiming residency in other states to qualify for in state tuition. Thereís plenty of people in the northeast with relatives who live in Florida as well as people from the Midwest who have relatives in Arizona.

I know, if I could get free public school tuition and I was an 18 year old graduating high school this year, Iíd take a gap year and go to Virginia or California to establish residency if I could get free tuition. Iím sure the University of Illinois is a fine school, but massive Big 10 universities in small college towns in the Midwest arenít my thing.

Certain states have very good public colleges and others not so much. Even if itís possible to get a fine education at any school, would you rather be applying for your first job with a UCLA degree or one from New Mexico State?

I think the residency questions are more important than the silly bickering over how many students get covered that has become a holy war among the stans of the various Democratic candidates.
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