Tuition-free College? “Pay It Forward” plan gets some traction in Oregon

The Oregon Working Families Party helped maintain the momentum for the legislation. Campaign manager Sami Alloy said she kept an image in her mind that she had seen on the Internet.

“It was a graffiti somebody had written that said, ‘What if the cure for cancer lies inside the brain of someone who can’t afford college?’ I think about that all the time. Young people are doing worse than their parents did because of the enormous burden of student debt and the unaffordability of higher education,” said Alloy.

She predicts that college tuition hikes and the recent failure of Congress to stop the interest-rate increase on student loans will mean other states will want to consider “Pay It Forward” college funding.

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