November 19th, 2007
03:59 PM ET
15 years ago

Obama offers plan for free community college

FORT DODGE, Iowa (CNN) - Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, announced Monday a proposed tax credit that he says would cover the cost of community college for most high school graduates.

"For too long policy makers in Washington have treated community colleges as a step child of the higher education system instead of essential resources for training and preparing the workers of tomorrow," Obama said at a press conference.

The presidential hopeful said the tax credit would cover the first $4,000 of college, which according to him would make community college "completely free for most Americans."

"These schools produce the lifeblood of our communities and the backbone of our workforce," Obama added. "As our changing economy demands a more skilled workforce, America's community colleges must be at the forefront of higher education and economic competitiveness."

Obama made the comments in front of students and reporters gathered at Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge, Iowa.

- CNN Iowa Producer Chris Welch

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Iowa
soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Amanda, Rossville GA

    Has he ever heard of the Pell Grant? Students attending a community college are eligible for the Pell Grant...I recieve it right now, plus a Scholarship. Why doesn't he put the money into the public school system, so that school-aged students have the resources to get them to college?

    November 20, 2007 07:02 am at 7:02 am |
  2. AJ; Montpelier, VT

    Great idea, only one problem. This guy couldnt find his butt with both hands, hiow ever does he think that he has the brain power to pull this off.

    November 20, 2007 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  3. A. Thomas, New York, NY

    Obama is promising the moon to get young votes. Later, he will repeat saying he deserves to raise more taxes.

    November 20, 2007 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  4. joseph, austin, tx

    sounds great, but how is this going to be paid for. I love how I get to take out loans to pay for my college while others get to get grants and a free college education. Im not rich neither were my parents, but they made to much for me to qualify for scholorships and grants, Once again noone cares that people in the middle class cant afford to send there kids to college, but lets give the poor kids free rides.

    November 20, 2007 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  5. Christian, Tampa FL

    This is yet another example of good judgment from Obama. America must substantially increase investment in education before we fall behind the rest of the world.

    November 20, 2007 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  6. Tom R. Buffalo, MN

    I'm disappointed in Barak, but not surprised. Maybe the fact that 10% of all Democratic caucus attendees are teacher's union members or their spouses might explain this windfall.

    November 22, 2007 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  7. Mitch

    I was there and don't recall him saying this.....

    October 4, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
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