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2020 Presidential Election

2020 Education: College Tuition


  • Tuition is the amount of money it costs "for instruction." [Merriam Webster

  • College tuition refers to the yearly cost of instruction at a college or university.

  • College tuition does not include the cost for room and board, fees, books, and supplies.
  • 2019 average cost of tuition: $48,510 [USA Today]   
  • Stagnant wages and high demand for a degree have caused many Americans to take out loans, spurring a student loan debt crisis. 

President Trump supports lowering tuition* 

*President Trump proposed limiting federal student borrowing, in the hopes of lowering tuition costs. [Forbes]



What he's said:

On the campaign trail, Trump promised to “push colleges to cut the skyrocketing cost of tuition.” [Politico]


While in office, the Trump administration has "sent the message that those four-year universities aren't for everyone."  [Politico]



What he's done: 

The Trump administration has not pushed colleges and universities to lower tuition costs. 


On student debt, President Trump proposed limiting federal student borrowing, in the hopes of lowering tuition costs. [Forbes]


Former Vice President Biden supports free tuition* 

*Biden supports two years of free tuition at a community college. [Joe Biden Campaign]



What he's said:

Biden promises to enact legislation to provide "every hard-working individual, including those attending school part-time and Dreamers can go to community college for up to two years without having to pay tuition." [Joe Biden Campaign]


"Individuals will also be able to use these funds to pursue training programs that have a track record of participants completing their programs and securing good jobs." [Joe Biden Campaign]



What he's done: 

The Obama-Biden administration proposed a plan for two years of tuition-free community college or training program. [The White House]


Biden has promoted this plan state-by-state and has helped some enact this strategy. 

[Joe Biden Campaign]

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